According to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Examiner, Politico has become the latest news outlet to instruct its staff not to use the word “crisis” when reporting on the migrant crisis at the United States’ southern border.
“The Beltway publication’s edict, which an official characterized as underscoring earlier guidance from the Associated Press, comes despite President Joe Biden’s own use of the term,” reported the Washington Examiner.
The memo from deputy production director Maya Parthasarathy reads as follows:
Avoid referring to the present situation as a crisis, although we may quote others using that language while providing context. While the sharp increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors is a problem for border officials, a political challenge for the Biden administration and a dire situation for many migrants who make the journey, it does not fit the dictionary definition of a crisis. If using the word ‘crisis,’ we need to ask of what and to whom.
The Washington Examiner also noted