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Cleaning up quotes?

by on November 21, 2012

From Taylor:

Thought this was interesting in the news…

On Tuesday, we talked about the ethics of changing the words of someone’s quote to make it sound better, or to “clean it up.” And we had a very good discussion.

So I recently read this story on Boston.com, which was pulled from Steven Wine of the Associated Press. The story discusses the recent blockbuster deal made between the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins. Marlins OF, Giancarlo Stanton reacts in a very angry way. But we can see that the Boston Globe or AP changed the quote. If you read along, it reads:

“Stanton, the Marlins’ precocious slugger, wasn’t involved in the deal but wasn’t happy about it. ‘‘Alright, I’m (mad)!!! Plain & Simple,’’ he tweeted shortly after the news broke.”

Now that was the Globe or possibly the AP, who changed that. Not sure.

However, USAToday posted a similar story, but did not censor a single word from Stanton’s comment.

Reaction on Twitter from the Marlins’ de facto franchise player, Giancarlo Stanton, was immediate and severe: “Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple.”

How do people feel about that? Is censoring a “derogatory” word acceptable? Should always be done? Thoughts?

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