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A short history of dirty words in newspapers – Chicago Tribune

Anthony Scaramucci’s shockingly brief stint in the White House was marked by a tirade in which he called one rival a “f—— paranoid schizophrenic” and said another rival was attempting a difficult form of self-gratification. The New York Times printed the whole quotes in both cases; the Chicago Tribune didn’t. The Associated Press described the rival’s alleged self-gratification as an attempt to “burnish his reputation.”

It’s always been difficult for newspapers to report the facts while protecting their most sensitive readers, and media in general are getting more lenient about publishing coarse language. Here’s a timeline:

1970: Bull in a courtroom

When a defendant at the Chicago Seven trial uses the word “b—s—” in court, The New York Times calls it a “barnyard epithet.”

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