AP: Deniers Are Not Skeptics!

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This petition will be delivered to the AP's Standards Editor Tom Kent, Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, and President Gary Pruitt:

Add to the AP StyleBook an entry that captures the following guideline: Don't use the term “skeptic” to describe anyone who denies scientific facts (such as biological evolution or man-made climate change).

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    Our country’s top newspapers are still calling climate change deniers “skeptics,” and thereby lending them scientific legitimacy and confusing the public on climate change.

    While leading newspapers have promised to take this problem into account in their climate reporting, they continue to misuse the term "skeptic." That’s why we’re setting our sights on the industry leader in setting journalistic standards: the AP StyleBook.

    Tell the Associated Press: Establish a rule in the AP StyleBook ruling out the use of “skeptic” to describe those who deny scientific facts.