Maybe now, news organizations beyond the Associated Press can focus on the covering new stories and opinion pieces about the lives of actual people as opposed to painting us all with the brush of a lazy, inaccurate and dehumanizing pejorative.
A death squad government may not be the Obama administration's first choice for Honduras, but they prefer it to another left government that people might elect if they were able to organize in a free election.
For 10 years, the United States has been fighting very real and very expensive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But we have never levied a dime in special taxes to pay for either of these conflicts, let alone the also-expensive war at home (in the form of homeland security).
Every single Beverly Hills High School junior who took the PSAT in October will not be eligible for National Merit Scholarships or even recognition, no matter how high their score. Why? Because the high school submitted the test results late.
Last week the AP decided in an internal memo on style that reporters should not refer to individuals in legal same-sex marriages as "husbands" or "wives" as they'd refer to individuals in legal heterosexual marriages. That's completely misguided.
Perhaps the AP is scared of using the terms "husband" and "wife" for legally married same-sex partners in text that is not attributed speech because its seems like a political act. Refusing to use the terms, however, is also a political act that reinforces inequality.
When my husband and I were legally married, we were married as husband and husband. Describing these relationships in any other way isn't just legally inaccurate; it's offensive and deeply disrespectful. It tells us that our marriages are somehow unworthy of the term.
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.