So, President Trump has opened the gates of s***. Members of the media have decided, thanks to their wild Trump Derangement Syndrome, that it’s absolutely necessary to use the unbleeped version of “s***hole” on air. CNN hosts did it all last night.
Now NPR is saying that it wants its hosts to directly quote the alleged comments by Trump calling certain countries “s***hole countries.” Why? News value, of course!
Here’s Steve Inskeep of NPR explaining:
Now, it’s not as though news editors have never had to bleep politicians before. Vice President Joe Biden infamously stated on a live mic that Obamacare was a “big f***ing deal.” The Democratic Party didn’t run from that — they actually sold the T-shirt with the abbreviation on it. But the media didn’t start saying the f-word on air. They didn’t directly quote Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti when Garcetti stated that it was a “big f***ing day” after the Kings won the NHL Stanley Cup. They didn’t quote Vice President Dick Cheney when he told Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to “go f*** yourself.” Or President George W. Bush when he called New York Times reporter Adam Clymer a “major league a**hole.”
Yet something has changed, apparently. George Stephanopoulos, former Clinton lackey and now ABC News leading man, explained: “We’re not reporting the word right now, I think that’s probably a mistake. I don’t think it’s right to censor the president or to sugarcoat the racist sentiment revealed by how he used that word in the meeting.” Funny, Stephanopoulos didn’t have such concerns when the media routinely edged around specifics in the Clinton era to avoid offending younger audiences.
All that’s changed is Trump. Which is why the media are demonstrating that they’re rather full of s***, at least when it comes to standards for covering cursing.