The Associated Press, or AP, not so subtly told journalists that they should no longer use the term “climate change deniers” earlier this year. Gizmodo questions motives:
On the last day of the hottest summer in recorded history, the Associated Press made a rather timely announcement: We are no longer supposed to use the terms “climate change skeptics” or “climate change deniers” to label people who disagree the Earth is warming due to human activity.
Instead, the AP Stylebook will now recommend that journalists use “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science.” That last one is a mouthful that’s certainly going to eat up my Twitter character count. So why the change?
According to the AP Definitive Source, which reports on edits to the AP Stylebook, it’s because some scientists consider themselves skeptics:
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Scientists who consider themselves real skeptics – who debunk mysticism, ESP and other pseudoscience, such as those who are part of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry – complain that non-scientists who reject mainstream climate science have usurped the phrase skeptic.