Citing ‘Orwellian Newspeak,’ readers urge The Globe to not use made-up words
By Sylvia Stead for the Globe and Mail
On Monday, The Globe and Mail issued this note to all editorial staff:
The term alt-right refers to a collection of groups or individuals espousing racist, fascist or white-supremacist ideologies.
We should avoid this term as much as possible.
If we must use it, in a quote, for example, we should provide a definition of the term.
On Friday, I urged this very thing with this column/blog.
A number of readers wrote to urge The Globe to codify this notion and I’ve heard from lots of you. You urged The Globe to call a lie a lie, not a claim, and to not be afraid to be blunt in the face of spin and propaganda.