While the earth was still magma, and I was in journalism school, there were certain rules by which we lived, and much of that priceless info came from a bible of sorts -- the Associated Press Stylebook.
Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.
Those who are anti-gay have been railing against the use of the word "homophobia" by journalists and others for years and are cheering the AP for banning it. This comes at a critical juncture in the gay rights movement, when anti-gay forces appear to be losing ground.
The editors at the AP Stylebook have announced that they are "discouraging" use of the word "homophobia." They made their decision without consultation with the nation's leading LGBTQ organizations, leaders, activists and newspapers. That is a problem.