AP: Avoid using 'alt-right' without context
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The Associated Press Monday released new guidelines for referencing the "alt-right," which ask that journalists use the term alongside its definition and in context of its association with racist beliefs.

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The new guidelines read:

"'Alt-right' (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the 'self-described' or 'so-called alt-right' in stories discussing what the movement says about itself. Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters' actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience."

The new guidelines come after criticism of media outlets by some observers who view the term has having "normalized" President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's nationalistic rhetoric and that of some Trump supporters. Specifically, many object to the term's use alongside senior adviser Stephen Bannon, whose hiring was applauded by neo-Nazi and KKK groups. 

Bannon has described Breitbart News, his former outlet, as "the platform of the alt-right."

The new reference went on to say that, "in the past (The AP) have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist."

The AP is a nonprofit news agency and its AP Stylebook standardizes reporting styles such as grammar, punctuation and principles of reporting across the U.S.