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Why does AP refer to Michael Brown
as ´teen´, despite style guide?

Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 8/18/2014 6:30:09 PM

The Associated Press Stylebook states that in reports referring to a person’s age, the figure for the age number should be used. It also states that reports should “use man or woman for individuals 18 and older.”Why, then, are AP reports on the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown solely referring to him as a “teen” and “teenager”? “Don’t know’ if Missouri teen shot with hands up,” reads one AP headline from Monday. “County autopsy: Unarmed teen shot 6 to 8 times,” reads another. And an excerpt from yet another AP story, emphasis added: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a curfew

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Reply 1 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/18/2014 6:34:48 PM     (No. 9970963)

The MSM, including the AP, is a fully owned subsidiary of the DNC.

The DNC demanded that this thug (the tape doesn´t lie, and neither did his fellow thug) be referred to as a "teen", so the MSM obeyed their command.

Nothing new here...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/18/2014 6:51:48 PM     (No. 9970984)

We´ll good going, Mediaite!

A question that needs attention.

Otherwise we might assume that the AP is trying to manipulate the narrative, and we know they´d never do that. /s

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/18/2014 6:59:05 PM     (No. 9970988)

The family was upset that he had gone from being a teenager to a black male. "Instantly!"

And to reinforce this bogus concept, Capt. Johnson gave an emotional reference to going home and hugging his thug-dressed, tattooed black "baby".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Seniorchief, 8/18/2014 7:08:14 PM     (No. 9971000)

I imagine for the same reason that George Zimmerman was referred to as a ´White Hispanic´.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: strike3, 8/18/2014 7:09:50 PM     (No. 9971003)

For the same reason they portrayed Treyvon Martin as a sweet-faced little kid, to make him look like something he´s not. Unfortunately, lies only work when there is a little truth mixed in. Seeing the huge bully robbing a store and pushing the clerk around right before the police caught up with him is stretching things quite a bit.

If mama loved her baby so much why was he living away and sometimes camping out with grandma? His food bill alone had to be a burden too much for her to bear.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kono, 8/18/2014 7:31:20 PM     (No. 9971015)

Consistency and even-handedness in reporting the news is so last week. Anybody holding on to an idealistic sense of obligation to accuracy and fairness in reporting has been weeded-out of the business by now.

There´s far more sport and profit to be had in distorting the story and manipulating perceptions, after all. And the thrill of seeing your words affect the behavior of millions? Priceless.

(apologies for the bitter sarcasm...)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 8/18/2014 8:39:10 PM     (No. 9971103)

At least they didn´t use toddler.

They would use prepubescent - - but none of the homies would know what it means.

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