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Washington Times Updates Style Guide Over Gay Marriage And Immigrants

February 29, 2008

I do not think I have ever mentioned The Washington Times on my blog before.  The paper is just too conservative, but more importantly less than objective in the way they report the news.  I guess there might be something also about the paper being founded and owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon that makes me less inclined to read it.  But today there is news to report in how the paper will write news stories.  Salon writes that “the quotation marks will come off gay marriage (preferred over homosexual marriage.)”

Also “Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual, except in clinical references or references to sexual activity”

It is a small step to be sure, but a nasty habit that is now gone from the paper.  In addition there will be a style change to another issue that confronts the nation. 

“We will use illegal immigrants, not illegal aliens.”

One still must ask why these types of changes took so long.  We can only applaud the new executive editor John Solomon.

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