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A journalism stylebook is supposed to provide universal guidelines for writers when it comes to stylistic things like punctuation, capitalization, and so on. This includes choosing certain words over others. The original intent of word preference was to use words that are more neutral than others.
Even when individual authors do not adhere to the bias of AP Style, it often doesn't matter. If they submit an article to a mainstream media outlet, they will likely see their words edited to conform. A pro-life author who submits a piece taking a position against abortion will see the words "pro-life" changed to "anti-abortion," because the AP Stylebook instructs, "Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and pro-abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice.
And there's one more problem. Journalists don't always use the AP Stylebook when it would "water down" words that favor liberals. For example, the guide instructs journalists to "try to avoid describing political leanings." However, journalists usually ignore the guide in referring to Republicans as "right wing." At the same time, they almost never describe Democrats as "left-wing."
Chicago StManual of Styleylebook
Rt. Hon. Quarter Master Geo. Orwell Six Commandments
Ebonics Lexicon and Grammar (not online)
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