Applause for the AP’s Decision to Drop the Term “Illegal Immigrant”

The L.A. Times and New York Times are considering changes to their use of the sweeping and imprecise term “illegal immigrant” in light of the recent Associated Press (AP) style decision to drop it.

Fox News, on the other hand, has reacted to AP’s move with suspicion and an article stating that AP is “under scrutiny” for its choice and “being accused of trying to influence the immigration debate.” (Accused by whom, exactly? Clever use of passive tense there, Fox people.)

For my two cents on the matter, see this earlier blog on “Should the Media Use the Term Illegal Alien?