Press: Whip His What?

Bad word makes big news

In an earlier and more decorous age, a crude word—even if uttered by a President—would surely not be deemed fit to print. O tempora, O mores! When Jimmy Carter told a group of Congressmen at a White House dinner last week that if Senator Edward Kennedy runs against him in 1980, "I'll whip his ass," most major news organizations hastened to quote the remark in living off-color.

Though Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit obscenity or gross indecency, an FCC spokesman said that broadcasting Carter's broadside was in no way...

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