The AP Revisits ‘Alt-Right’ and Adds Guidance on Antifa

Style guidelines for turbulent times

Back in November, John Daniszewski, AP’s vice president for standards, busted out some guidelines for use of the term “alt-right.” Generally, don’t, was what Daniszewski advised, but add a disclaimer like so-called as well as quotes in cases where members of the alt-right are using the term to describe themselves.

And speaking of the so-called “alt-right,” how does one know when to apply the older and unfortunately enduring terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist”?

Here’s Daniszewski:

White nationalists say that white people are a distinct nation deserving of protection, and therefore they demand special political, legal and territorial guarantees for whites. White supremacists believe that whites are superior and therefore should dominate other races. Depending on the group and the context, AP writers are free to determine which description most aptly applies to a group or an individual in a particular situation.

And antifa, which is included in the discussion because of their function as, per Daniszewski, “far-left-leaning militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations and other events,” doesn’t get quotes, but because of the relative newness of the term should be introduced with context.

Read more here.

Editor’s note: this post has been updated to correct an earlier contention that AP advises placing quotation marks around antifa. It doesn’t.