Sometimes news people write things just because they’ve heard them used in news copy before, whether or not they make sense. As in describing a person with a handicap as “wheelchair bound”, even though that ancient descriptor is wrong and offensive to a lot of people with handicaps. Wheelchairs are used for mobility, and people aren’t bound to them.
The AP has issued some updates to its stylebook and Kristen Hare of Poynter has a nice summary of them here.
Posted by Tim Morrissey