AP Tells Reporters Not To Use Word ‘Crisis’ About Boarder Situation

Hmm…  When is a crisis not a crisis? When news organizations tell you so, apparently. Or at least, that’s what the Associated Press wants us to believe.

Fox News reported that the Associated Press agrees with President Biden’s White House that the situation along the U.S. southern border is not a “crisis,” and it instructed staffers not to use the dreaded c-word when reporting thousands of unaccompanied children have attempted to enter the country.

Journalist Julio Ricardo Varela tweeted a series of images from an internal memo the AP distributed warning staffers not to call the situation a crisis.

The subject line was “From the Standards Center: A note about the current increase in border entrances,” and the internal memo detailed why the AP felt the need to use “accurate and neutral language” in its coverage of the situation along the border.

It’s amazing how the AP suddenly finds itself concerned about neutrality.

One of the memo’s “tips” revolved around the word “crisis,” which the newsgathering service warned reporters not to use.

The memo read:

“The current events in the news – a sharp increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors – is a problem for border officials, a political challenge for Biden and a dire situation for many migrants who make the journey, but it does not fit the classic dictionary definition of a crisis.”

“Therefore, we should avoid, or at least, be highly cautious, about referring to the present situation as a crisis on our own, although we may quote others using that language.”

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  1. Letha

    IT’S A CRISIS PLAIN AND SIMPLE no matter how you word it and we are being invaded. And it also shows that the pandemic was a lie by Pelosi otherwise why are they allowing hundreds a day released with out testing that we are required

    • Norma Byrd

      Excellent comment! Pelosi and her band of thugs are past masters at creating a crisis where none existed. They are all crises in themselves. Most intelligent people recognize this and would like to see them removed from power. When will this finally happen?

  2. Marilyn M M Lindsay

    The Biden administration called Trump a Natzi when it is them that are. Hitler controlled the media and therefore lies. The Germans were in the dark about what was really going on. No one in the US has the right to tell people and news reporters what they can and can’t say. This should tell all Americans that we are currently living under a dictatorship. Americans better take on the main stream media and the Biden Admin. They want to control what we hear and what we see. Time to unite if we want to save America as we have known it.



  4. W. B. Ivy

    We are in “crisis” when the AP dictates what to print. Sounds similar to Germany prior to and during World War II.

  5. jimdaddy

    Where do they get these ignorant reporters? Border is how you spell the border, and not boarder, which is a renter usually!! I see this all over the web. Stupid/uneducated reporters! I miss the good ol U.S.A.!!!

    • Norma Byrd

      It’s the new “un-education” system. I see so many mistakes like this, and yet it was recently suggested by some educator that nobody should be tested in writing skills. Who would hire a journalist that couldn’t spell or compose proper sentences and paragraphs, or use correct punctuation? Apparently the AP.

  6. Donald

    Hey AP!! Stop censoring your reporters from printing the truth!! Your actions serve only to point out the even larger crisis of the free press having been overtaken by socialists and Democrats in order to try and give justification for their efforts to establish a totalitarian government and limit the rights and freedoms of our citizens. AP and most of what was once a proud defender of the Constitution have devolved into what is in effect a communist style propaganda unit.

    • Norma Byrd

      Sad, but too true! But even this forum seems to be limiting comment since all of my postings get sidelined though I have never used profanity, vulgarity, nor incited violence or made threats. Interesting.

  7. Norma Byrd

    The crisis is here and verifiable not just at the border, but in our M-ass Media and so-called government, all of whom are determined to direct what we read, see, or believe, and especially how we think. We need to keep using the word crisis, and it should be underlined, bold, and in all caps.

  8. Woodie thompson

    This not political at all ! Right ?

  9. maxime coles

    It is a crisis that even the blind can discover. If such a president is unable to see in this uncontrollable situation a crisis at the border, he better steps aside and let somebody else do the job for him. The administration should listen to the security ICE teams and also open their ears and listen to what the American citizen living on the border are reporting as well about the situation. we better found a way for testing the one allowed to be placed in the centers because the COVID-19 is about to explode while we are in the 4th wave already and the victims are increasing. MC

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