The Press: Bowdlerizing Jimmy

Like other journalists traveling aboard Peanut One, NBC Correspondent Judy Woodruff had known for months about Jimmy Carter's interview with Playboy. But until Interviewer Robert Scheer spelled out details for her two weeks ago, she had no idea of its contents. As soon as she spotted Carter's somewhat vivid language, she got word to Today show Host Tom Brokaw, who broke the story Monday morning.

Brokaw dutifully read the words "screws" and "shacks up" on the air. That decided the issue for the NBC Nightly News, which also quoted Carter flat out. But not for ABC, which did not make up its...

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