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originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
Wait, how did you conclude that he wasn't a shooter when it literally says "When Daniels was brought into the department for questioning, he reportedly pulled a gun and shot an officer in the head before fleeing on foot"? If I'm reading that correctly, he literally shot and killed a campus police officer. Does "shooter" have a different definition in this context?
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: enlightenedservant
As a middle aged man who has observed the vernacular used within news and media in general (including entertainment) since reading 1984 as a child, I cannot say that I recall hearing the term "shooter" used before the last 10 years or so. In fact, the most obvious reference for "shooter" that has been used in my experience refers to a shot glass of liquor. But that digression aside, my personal memory doesn't seem to support what you say.
Ketsuko above seems to support what I am saying here: that media picks terms and makes them cliche. These terms are likely used due to psychology and how well they will create repeat customers wanting to follow up on the story (or whatever action the authors want to see happen). I would also suspect that there is some bias included, with the desire to create political opinion rather than simply report on it being in there somewhere. We are talking about humans, afterall.
What im asserting here isn't far flung. Its right at the core of the political conspiracies discussed here on ATS: that, as per Orwell, words are used to create opinion, and those words are generally controlled by someone outside of media despite being broadcast through media.
At AP, we have taken the position that the term “alt-right” should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims. So use it only when quoting someone or when describing what the movement says about itself. Enclose the term “alt-right” in quotation marks or use phrasing such as the so-called alt-right (no quote marks when using the term so-called) or the self-described “alt-right.”
A political grouping or tendency mixing racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism and populism; a name currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists to refer to themselves and their ideology, which emphasizes preserving and protecting the white race in the United States.
"Avoid using the term generically and without definition, because it is not well-known globally and the term may exist primarily as a public relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience.
In AP stories discussing what the movement says about itself, the term “alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lowercase) may be used in quotes or modified as in the self-described “alt-right” or so-called alt-right.
""Depending on the specifics of the situation, such beliefs might be termed racist, white supremacist or neo-Nazi; be sure to describe the specifics. Whenever “alt-right” is used in a story, include a definition: an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism and populism, or, more simply, a white nationalist movement.
""When writing on extreme groups, be precise and provide evidence to support the characterization. Report their actions, associations, history and positions to reveal their actual beliefs and philosophy, as well as how others see them.
""Some related definitions:
""racism The broad term for asserting racial or ethnic discrimination or superiority based solely on race, ethnic or religious origins; it can be by any group against any other group.
""white nationalism A subset of racist beliefs that calls for a separate territory and/or enhanced legal rights and protections for white people. Critics accuse white nationalists of being white supremacists in disguise.
""white separatism A term sometimes used as a synonym for white nationalism but differs in that it advocates a form of segregation in which races would live apart but in the same general geographic area.
""white supremacy The racist belief that whites are superior to justify political, economic and social suppression of nonwhite people and other minority groups.
""neo-Nazism Combines racist and white supremacist beliefs with admiration for an authoritarian, totalitarian style of government such as the German Third Reich to enforce its beliefs.
""antifa Shorthand for anti-fascists, an umbrella description for the far-left-leaning militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists at demonstrations and other events. Until the term becomes better known, include a definition in close proximity to first use of the word.
""“alt-left” A term that some use to describe far-left factions. See “alt-right” for usage guidelines."