Thursday, December 23, 2004

Trib changes style

I just read a style note that I missed when it came out in November. (Thanks to Common Sense Journalism for mentioning it.)

Last month, the public editor at the Chicago Tribune wrote that the paper was changing its style on fetus.
A new edition of the stylebook, scheduled for publication shortly, will permit the use of "unborn child" when the fetus is in the third trimester of gestation.
The Associated Press stylebook does not have an entry.

3 Comments:

At 6:38 AM, December 24, 2004, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

I'm always reluctant to chime in on this topic, but I must. "Unborn child" is an oxymoron. Using it instead of the neutral, correct "fetus" is giving in to the same language police who foisted "pro-life" and "partial-birth abortion" upon us. (A different set of language police pushes "pro-choice.")

In 1974, the "legandary" editor of the Middletown Times Herald Record, Al Romm, decreed that the paper would carry no more letters to the editor on the subject of abortion because there was nothing new to add from either side. Thirty years later, nothing has changed.

 
At 6:39 AM, December 24, 2004, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

I'm always reluctant to chime in on this topic, but I must. "Unborn child" is an oxymoron. Using it instead of the neutral, correct "fetus" is giving in to the same language police who foisted "pro-life" and "partial-birth abortion" upon us. (A different set of language police pushes "pro-choice.")

In 1974, the "legendary" editor of the Middletown Times Herald Record, Al Romm, decreed that the paper would carry no more letters to the editor on the subject of abortion because there was nothing new to add from either side. Thirty years later, nothing has changed.

 
At 2:34 PM, December 28, 2004, Blogger Mike said...

I'll bet they were one of the first on board for "death tax," too.

 

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