The New York Times tries to limit its use of profanity to “situations where the specific language is crucial to the story,” New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett told Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for her column Friday. He adds:
If we were to print vulgarities every time a politician, or a sports figure, or even a newspaper editor uttered one, we would print quite a lot of them. Some readers think that would be fine; others might find such a barrage off-putting, distracting or offensive.
Corbett — and Sullivan — were responding to reader criticism of a recent Times story in which New York Times political correspondent Jonathan Martin altered a quote to avoid using a swear word, presumably “shit”:
We settled on George Bush way before the campaign,” said Rob Gleason, the longtime Pennsylvania Republican chairman. With a word more pungent than “slop,” Mr.
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