The Associated Press (AP) is considered by some to be the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to determining word usage and style in journalism. However, that title may now take a hit following this tweet:
Amal Clooney, actor's wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists http://t.co/i6nQg0xPg3
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 29, 2015
In sending out a tweet about successful human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, the AP introduced her as “actor’s wife,” referencing her husband, George Clooney.
That didn’t go over well with the Twitterverse:
I think u meant: "Amal Clooney, esteemed barrister of international criminal law & human rights, who also represents Julian Assange…" @AP
— Lucy Burton (@swirlOsquirrel) August 29, 2015
Oh FFS. AP tweet was basically "Amal Clooney, (yes the) actor's wife, is doing important human rights lawyer things" https://t.co/KfZRuMdbMC
— Postmodern Liberty Swamp Banshee (@ENBrown) August 31, 2015
— Mic (@mic) August 30, 2015
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) August 29, 2015
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) August 29, 2015
But it wasn’t just the lack of noting her own accomplishments that got people fired up. Some accused the AP of blatant sexism:
@SantasTavern they're not being deliberately sexist so much as confirming to a sexist formula. 'Famous woman's husband does x' never a story
— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) August 29, 2015
— Lupanar Review (@LupanarReview) August 30, 2015
And one person pointed out the Hollywood versus human rights angle:
@AP Seriously? You're mistaking a serious human rights travesty for a Hollywood story?
— Dr Nazreen Kadir (@lettywho1) August 29, 2015
There were multiple calls for an apology from AP, but at the time of this writing, none were spotted in the publication’s Twitter feed.
But not everyone agreed with the outrage. Some saw it as the AP just using the most known thing about Amal to generate interest in the story:
@AP she's known to the public primarily because she's married to clooney, best way for ppl to indentify who that is. Internet mob,see above.
— Abe Froman (@SausgeKingofChi) August 29, 2015
Two months ago, Feather Magazine did a piece on Amal Clooney’s prestigious accomplishments. They include her work on the Enron case, working in the Office of the Prosecutor for the United Nations and her fight to end sexual violence in global conflict zones.