Over the past few weeks, the crisis at our southern border has worsened as thousands of illegal immigrants attempt to enter the U.S.
And though they were hesitant to do so at first, even the Biden administration, who’s actions caused the issue, are now calling it a crisis.
But that’s not stopping this major media outlet from telling its reporters to avoid calling the situation at the border what it is – a “crisis.”
It has become commonplace in the media, even at some far-left outlets, to refer to the situation at the southern border as a crisis.
For weeks, many outlets even pushed the Biden administration and other Democrats to finally admit that there even was a crisis.
In an internal memo to its reporters, though, The Associated Press insisted that they avoid using the word “crisis” when reporting on the border.
Futuro Media’s Julio Ricardo Varela was able to obtain the memo, and took to Twitter to post the full memo.
In the memo, the AP admits there has been an increase in “unaccompanied minors” crossing the border since Joe Biden took office, but attempts to claim that the situation is no different to similar increases that took place during the Trump administration.
“There has been a rise in unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern U.S. border in the last two months since the start of the Biden administration,” the memo stated. “This follows a monthly increase in border crossings each month since April, or the last eight months of the Trump presidency. The current level of crossings in 2021 is roughly equal to the last upturn that occurred in mid-2019.”
The memo goes on to claim that migration has fluctuated over the years, and that some believe the massive increase we’re currently experiencing is merely “a product of regular seasonal fluctuation.”
As such, the memo goes on to instruct reporters to refrain from using the term “crisis” when reporting on the situation, because they don’t believe there is an actual crisis.
“Here are some tips to language to use and not use: ‘Crisis’ The current event in the news — a sharp increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors — is a problem for border officials, a political challenge for Biden and a dire situation for many migrants who make the journey, but it does not fit the classic dictionary definition of a crisis, which is: ‘A turning point in the course of anything; decisive or crucial time, stage, or event,’ OR ‘a time of, or a state of affairs involving, great danger or trouble, often one which threatens to result in unpleasant consequences [an economic crisis] —SYN. Emergency,’” the memo stated.
“Therefore, we should avoid, or at the least, be highly cautious, about referring to the present situation as a crisis on our own, although we may quote others using that language,” the memo continued.
From there, the AP says that if a reporter does use the term “crisis” it should be in the context of what could happen if numbers continue to increase, seemingly signaling that they are unaware of the actual state of the situation at the border.
“If using the word ‘crisis,’ we need to ask of what and to whom,” the memo stated. “There could be a humanitarian crisis if the numbers grow so large that officials cannot house the migrants safely or in sanitary conditions. Migrants may face humanitarian crises in their home countries.”
“In theory, there could be a security or a border crisis if officials lose control of the border, allowing people to enter unencumbered in large numbers,” the memo continued. “But, in general, avoid hyperbole in calling anything a crisis or an emergency.”
It’s rather clear that the AP has a very different definition of “crisis” than tens of millions of other Americans, and seem unaware or willfully ignorant of the fact that the increasing numbers have caused officials to house thousands of illegal immigrants in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, especially with COVID still a real issue.
The real issue at hand here, though, is the fact that The Associated Press’ editorial guidelines are incredibly influential in the media world, and are often used as the gold standard for many other publications across the country.
The AP is fully aware of the power they have, and are choosing to downplay the border crisis in a way they never would have done under the previous administration, as their reporting from that time proved.
It will be interesting to see if other publications and TV networks who have already called the situation a crisis continue to do so, or if these instructions from the AP will cloud future reporting.
With influential publications like the AP leading the way, the American people may no longer get the actual truth of what is going on with Biden’s border crisis.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.