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Slippery Slope Reached The Economist With ‘F’ Word

March 16, 2019

I get it that this nation, along with much of the world has slipped somewhere about par with the curb of the average street.  I understand the average bar in America is not filled with folks thinking about self respect when they talk.  I get it that too many stand-up comics think they are only funny when cussing.  I get it that on any street corner in the country one can find a ten-year-old talking trash out loud with friends in ways that did not happen years ago.  But when it comes to our sources for news I hold out hope they will not take part in the slippery slide downwards.

I have long sought out those places, where the printed words of my favorite publications, made me think and grow as a person..  Those reads where journalists conveyed the bigger truths about the world and did so with ideas and words that resonated for the ones who subscribed.

So I feel let down by The Economist which landed in may mailbox today.  I feel that once again the lowest common denominator has taken hold of yet one more place where thinking people use to inhabit. I still hold to standards.  And I suspect many of my readers would agree, but I fear we are no longer the majority.

The Manual Of Style and Usage from The New York Times remains on my desk-–just inches away from the keyboard where I now type.  And I use it for this blog. They permit, with editors oversight, adding (expletive) in place of a word if it is material to the story and its meaning.  But that is a very rare thing to be used.

But in the case of the story written about British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Brexit dilemma there is not a shred of purpose for placing the ‘F’ word in a suggestive way on the cover.

In 1896, Adolph Ochs who founded the New York Times, proclaimed that his paper would present the news “in language that is parliamentary in good society.’   In other words, keep it clean.

That is not the view shared, any longer, by everyone in the news reporting world.

And so it goes.

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