M E M O
From: The journalists of America
Subject: Expletives directed at us
It’s come to our attention that you’ve suspended race car driver Kurt Busch for a weekend. This happened after he made a nasty comment to a reporter, whom Busch believed had asked a dumb question.
Here’s what Busch said:
“It refrains me from not beating the [expletive] out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions. But since I’m on probation, I suppose that’s improper to say as well.”
From the context, it’s unclear whether Busch used the s-word or the f-word or a more creative multi-syllabic combination. But any way you cut it, the punishment causes us serious concern.
It appears driven by the misguided belief that journalists’ ears are as unsullied as a rosebud’s morning dew. We cannot stress strongly enough how wrong-headed that assumption is. Please allow us to elaborate.
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