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White House, blue language

In Language on August 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Hey, remember when the White House employed a communications director named Anthony Scaramucci? I know. It was a long time ago. Way back last week. It seems things change pretty quickly these days, doesn’t it?

Well, if the name rings a bell, you probably remember the rant that apparently got him fired. While talking to a reporter for New Yorker magazine, he used what he later described as “colorful language” to describe his feelings about some fellow White House denizens. Colorful as in suggesting that one coworker was really, really mentally ill and another gentleman was doing something elaborate in service to his own interests… only way more colorful than that.

That left those in the mainstream media to decide whether to do what I just did and tread politely along the euphemism boulevard or to simply print what the man said, even though it was vulgar.

This time, some of the big print outlets printed words their editors likely never thought they would print. The New York Times was among them. Later, it offered a very short explanation of why top editors chose to use the profane words. In short: The newspaper thought it newsworthy.

USA Today, chose a different tack. Here is how it described Scaramucci’s comments about White House rival Steve Bannon:

Scaramucci used an explicit sexual reference to accuse Bannon of doing more to blow himself up in the media and build his own brand than to serve the country.

Huh. It’s fun to write with a wink, but personally, I agree with the New York Times on this one. … Read the rest of this entry »

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