"slut" in the news

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 6 23:33:19 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> For some reason I can't fathom, it looks like my last two comments on this
> subject went to Nancy Friedman alone. Sorry, Nancy!
> I
> July 3:
> Tot-mom attorney Jose Baez claimed in his closing argument that his client
> was being defamed as a "lying, no-good slut." Â Later, the Headline News team
> expressed amazement that producers had not bleeped the word. Jane
> Velez-Mitchell said she'd sought guidance about whether she could repeat it
> on the air.
> In my day, though "slut" was obviously insulting (and thus "offensive"), it
> was not usually thought to be indecent.
> JL
> II
> Today
> On CNN this morning Kirin Chetry quoted Jose Baez's use of the word "slut."
> She felt, however, that she had to spell it out rather utter it. She
> apologized for using the word, saying that she was only quoting someone
> else, and that she took the precaution of spelling rather than saying "just
> in case any children might be listening."
> JL
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> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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