These terms have become more prevalent in recent years and seem to be spiking now.
After earning a master’s degree in journalism but before becoming an association professional, I worked for The Associated Press news service that provides news and feature stories to newspapers and broadcast media outlets.
It was great training for my career in public relations and association management!
Back in those AP days, we were not allowed to use any word other than “said” when quoting a source’s comments. All other words – like exclaimed or alleged or shouted – were considered biased and not permissible for AP reporting.
Perhaps The AP style has changed?
Early in my journalism career, I came to recognize that everything we did had some amount of subjectivity or bias in it.