AP Backtracks After Implying ‘The French’ Is ‘Dehumanizing’ Term

‘Inappropriate reference to French people’

  • The Associated Press came under fire this week for saying reporters should avoid “general and often dehumanizing ‘the’ labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated.”
  • Social media users blasted the AP for suggesting that “the French” was a derogatory and negative term.
  • The AP scrambled to clarify, saying that its guidance included an “inappropriate reference to French people,” and that “writing French people, French citizens, etc., is good.”
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