‘Even the NY Post apparently has words which they will not print’ (Pussy, for example)

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New York Post readers who checked the tabloid’s website before 9 a.m. Monday saw the headline, “Osama bin Laden died like a pussy.” Just after 9, readers were told the al-Qaeda leader died like a “wimp.”

“However, the URL still contained the offending [p-]word,” notes a Romenesko reader. “Sometime during the date, they changed the URL, too. It is currently [this]. As a web editor myself I can tell you that changing the URL even more than changing the hed indicates that this was a BFD [big fucking deal] internally, because if you change your URL you lose lots of inbound Google News traffic.”

My tipster, who asks not to be named (“I work for a corporation so I have no personal opinions!”), continues:

I’ll close by noting that the point is that even the NY Post apparently has words which they will not print.nyp Whoever wrote that hed and whoever runs the site found that out today.

Personally, I believe the newspapers should reflect the way people talk in the real world, not uphold some prissy concept of what might make polite people turn away in revulsion. As if anyone over the age of eight has never heard these words. So actually I’m in favor of the Post vs. the NYT on the issue of Carlinesque words.

I’m trying to get someone from the Post to comment.

* Osama bin Laden died like a wimp | …or a pussy (nypost.com)

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