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DEF­I­NI­TION: The word U. S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump used to de­scribe Haiti, El Sal­vador and all African coun­tries gave main­stream me­dia pause Thurs­day evening. Usu­ally, news­pa­pers and broad­cast­ers avoid pro­fan­ity, but when it comes from the pres­i­dent of the United States, it’s news. The Wash­ing­ton Post, which broke the story, shocked some read­ers by putting the vul­gar word in its head­line — a rare oc­cur­rence in the pa­per’s 141-year his­tory. Na­tional Post used the ex­ple­tive in the story but kept it out of the head­line, as did The New York Times. CNN and MSNBC re­peated the word on the lower part of the TV screen while Fox News cen­sored it with as­ter­isks. ABC World News Tonight re­ported only that the pres­i­dent used “a pro­fan­ity we won’t re­peat.” Ditto CBC News.


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