The Associated Press, for one, used “whistleblower” as late as last Thursday in describing WikiLeaks but has since opted against it.
“We’ve had ‘whistleblower’ in some copy but have decided not to use it any longer,” AP spokesman Paul Colford told The Cutline. “Our description now reflects the site’s own name: a website that specializes in displaying leaked information.”
Colford didn’t say whether or not the AP considers “whistleblower” to be inaccurate, but simply said that “we think we have a better, clearer description, and that’s what we’re using.”
Meanwhile NBC News spokeswoman Lauren Kapp also told The Cutline that the network was retiring “whistleblower” in its WikiLeaks reports, even though it called WikiLeaks a “whistleblower” on last Monday’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” Reuters, which used “whistleblower” following the State Dept. leak, no longer uses it, either. “Our style guidelines ask that reporters not describe WikiLeaks as a whistleblower,” Reuters spokeswoman Erin Kurtz said.