Dropping the F-bomb
The Washington Post chose not to censor Dick Cheney's remarks when he, arguing with Patrick Leahy about Halliburton, said, "Fuck yourself."
I don't think that's a bad call. Their article does not use the word gratuitously. And, really, what *is* the real difference between writing "Fuck yourself" and writing "F--- yourself"? The news is the word. If people are worried about children reading it, fine. Even children will be able to figure out the story is there because people were upset he used the word. It's not a bedtime story, but it's a fine lesson in appropriate behavior nonetheless.
But is it really news? I'd say yes, especially given the administration's chiding of Kerry when he used the word in a criticism of Bush's policies in Iraq.
"That's beneath John Kerry," Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. said. "I'm very disappointed that he would use that kind of language. I'm hoping that he's apologizing at least to himself, because that's not the John Kerry that I know."And just think about some of the "inappropriate" topics that made it into the paper during the impeachment hearings.