Downie & Carlin

An interesting paragraph in Marc Fisher’s tribute to Len Downie:

Like all editors, Downie had his peculiar likes and dislikes. On the day George Carlin died, it’s worth noting that Downie is the anti-Carlin–probably the last American editor to hold the line against naughty words that long ago lost their power to outrage, words such as–well, I’m not allowed to use them. But put it this way: In today’s Appreciation of Carlin, Post reporter Paul Farhi was prohibited from using the three-letter word that can be used as a synonym for rear end. That’s Downie protecting the notion of a family newspaper.