“I can probably say that word, but I just won’t,” the CNN host Don Lemon said on Thursday night, as he tangled with the obscenity-laced quotations that were displayed on screen.
Mr. Lemon was wrestling with a thorny problem that was challenging all news organizations: Just hours earlier, The New Yorker had published an interview with Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, that was a censor’s nightmare. Lacing his remarks with profanities and vulgar references, Mr. Scaramucci had warned his colleagues he would fire them, threatened to kill leakers in the White House and attacked the president’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus (since departed), and the chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.
I deliberately don't share news and opinion stories that are populated with language my acquaintances and friends at church would find offensive. If for no other reason than such content would be an excuse for them to ignore the truths contained therein. I'm a pledging parishioner at an Episcopal church where outsiders might consider that odd given the church's reputation as being probably the most liberal of the mainline Protestant denominations. I truly wish the "'mainstream media" had more fortitude than I