The Associated Press just published guidelines for usage of the term “alt-right”, and I feel like it’s important to take note, because they are damn good guidelines.
Again, whenever “alt-right” is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: “an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,” or, more simply, “a white nationalist movement.”
Finally, when writing on extreme groups, be precise and provide evidence to support the characterization
We should not limit ourselves to letting such groups define themselves, and instead should report their actions, associations, history and positions to reveal their actual beliefs and philosophy, as well as how others see them.
One can only hope that the impending doom of the President-ELect will force Western journalism to get its collective ass in gear again.