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Thursday, January 27, 2011
NewsBusters Has A Hypocritical Fit Over 'F-word Variant'
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters' Mark Finkelstein devoted an entire Jan. 26 NewsBusters post to howling about the "vulgar new low" MSNBC's Cenk Uygur hit in using "profanity with malice aforethought." The word Uygur used, Finkelstein asserted, was so offensive that it "drag[ged] MSNBC even further down--if that's possible."

The word? "friggin'."

No, really. Not the actual F-word -- a "variation" on it.

Finkelstein was so offended by this word that he censored it in his transcript, writing it only as "fr---in'."

For allof his outrage, Finkelstein never explained why he was treating usage of "a variation of the f-word" as the same as usage of the actual word.

Like so many things NewsBusters does, this outrage is hypocritical. Why? Because the comment threads of countless NewsBusters posts are littered with usages of "frickin'" and "friggin'."

And here's Glenn Beck saying "frickin'" on Fox News -- and an hour earlier then Uygur said it. Was Finkelstein offended by that? Not that we recall.

If Finkelstein is so offended by this non-swear word, shouldn't he be more concerned about how NewsBusters commenters are dragging the site he works for further down (if that's possible)?

UPDATE: And where's Finkelstein's outrage over Sarah Palin referencing "WTF moments"? Nowhere that we can see.

Posted by Terry K. at 8:51 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:44 AM EST

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