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Dropping ‘F word’ Or ‘Curse Bombs’?

A Romenesko reader notes that the Associated Press story on Donald Trump‘s Las Vegas speech reports the real estate mogul “unleashed a tirade of profanity,” but doesn’t give any examples. (The AP described Trump’s profanities as “curse-bombs” while Reuters said he used the “F word.”) “Fortunately Reuters filled in the blanks this morning,” writes the reader, who sent both services’ dispatches for comparison/Jim Romenesko, Poynter. More here.

Question: How should the media describe the language of a speaker, like Trump, in this instance, who salts who talk with curse words? Should they media ever use the exact language uttered?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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