They're Rationing Shitholes Over at NPR

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Yeah I heard the warning on the radio this morning.

Apparently they're worried about those poor people who might be upset over the word "shit" but not the president being a racist.

What a world.
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this may be what breaks the FCC's 7-words grip on broadcast and print media.
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Profanity will always be objectionable, and those who take issue with maintaining decorum are worthy of its verbiage.
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I'm sure they're just trying to avoid getting fined. Stupid censors!
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Racism will always be objectionable. People who take issue with profanity but not racism can eat shit. Decorum my ass.
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@3 You must be hyperventilating every minute these days.
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And Hillary's back. On twitter. Standing up to trump. Hell, that's the new battlefield, Twitter.
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Hillary isn't back because she never went anywhere. Why would she go anywhere?

My question is, once we rid ourselves of Trump and everything he has touched and all his loathsome minions and dignity wraiths, can we go back to the old normal? This new normal sucks and we all hate it right? We're not grateful to Trump for bringing us to this. Right? Please?
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@5: Not really, the more things change the more they stay the same. Vulgarity has it's place in our culture, but to ridicule news editors and the FCC who want to maintain a standard on the public airways is ridiculous.

@4: No reason to assume parallels and conflate profanity and racism. They are essentially orthogonal.
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@7. I've seen no twitter second hand trace of her, till today. I don't have the stomach for full on twitter.
Good if she's on the political scene. Standing up to this madness, all hands on deck.
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@ 7,

The country's political norms recovered after McCarthyism, of which I reread first-hand accounts from the time, and it was strikingly similar (though it did get worse before it got better).
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...but to ridicule news editors and the FCC who want to maintain a standard on the public airways is ridiculous.

We’re ridiculing them because they’re trying to weasel out of reporting the sad story of our racist and ignorant president. We want that story reported in full.

If you have a problem with such vulgarity, complain to the person who used the term, “shithole countries,” in the first place. Don’t applaud efforts to minimize or censor a story.
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"Shithole" was used in a front-page story in today's LA Times. And sometime in mid-2017, an op-ed in the same paper used "batshit crazy".
I prefer the honest reporting to euphemisms like "a vulgar expression".
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No reason to assume parallels and conflate profanity and racism.

He wasn't. He was saying, very clearly, that racism is far worse than profanity.

Perhaps you have a problem understanding that because you've complained repeatedly about profanity, but have said nothing critical of the racism which spawned that very same profanity?
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the president doesnt seem to care about his image on this, but in congressional districts all over, this will haunt republicans. these are the kind of things that will let good solid democrats win, like in Alabama. The Trump brand is cracking, and we need to stay focused on winning seats in local elections. Every s-hole comment and every porn star payout story shaves away more and more people. These events don't add people to his side.
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@13: Your first and last paragraph cancel each other out.
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@15; a pathetically weak attempt at a dodge, even for you.

You’re just not going to criticize the racism or ignorance which spawned the profanity you claim to abhor, are you?
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@16: All I'm saying is that news editors are justified in omitting shit or replacing it with s--t. Doing so doesn't detract or negate the damage caused by President Trump by his rant in the Oval the other day.

Now, we're on the same page. Take care and God Bless.
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All I'm saying is that news editors are justified in omitting shit or replacing it with s--t.

That's not what they are doing:

“...no more than one use of the word each hour in the main shows is enough."

There's a difference between light and obvious sanitization, and hidden censorship. We were mocking NPR for doing the latter.