Salon.com has corrected a recent story (“The New York Times (Quietly) Drops the F-bomb”) claiming that the New York Times broke virgin ground when it quoted a passage from a Jonatham Letham novel containing a certain four letter word beginning with “f” and ending with “k.” The correction reads:
“Sunday’s T magazine article was not the only time the word “fuck” has appeared in the print edition of the New York Times… in 1998, the paper reproduced the entire text of the Starr Report, in which “fuck” appears once, in the context of a quotation by Monica Lewinsky.”
The truth, according to a post on JimRomenesko.com, is that the Grey Lady has been caught fooling around with the use of the f-word in book excerpts on numerous occasions. My advice to Salon is to set the record straight but just don’t tell Letham.
Related MediaBug Report:
Laura Miller replied to my email to kindly explain that, "the excerpts mentioned in the Romenesko story are book samples posted to the book section of the web site and did not appear in print. If you read the Book Review regularly, ask yourself when you've ever seen a book excerpted there -- you haven't, because they don't have the space. The excerpts are free bonus content published to the web only and are not edited by the Times."