Washington Times “Scare Quotes” Are History
John Solomon took over the Washington Times on Jan. 28.
But he arrived today, via a message from the paper's copy operation.
Longtime Washington Times readers know well what this is all about: Under the regime of Wesley Pruden, the Times, unwilling to acknowledge anything so radical and immoral as gay marriage, treated the term in its pages as gay "marriage."
Likewise other terms. In the old Washington Times, there were no illegal immigrants, just "illegal aliens"; no gays, just "homosexuals."
Now comes the following memo from the Solomon regime, wiping out this legacy in one flick of the wrist:
Here are some recent updates to TWT style.
1) Clinton will be the headline word for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
2) Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual, except in clinical references or references to sexual activity.
3) The quotation marks will come off gay marriage (preferred over homosexual marriage).
4) Moderate is approved, but centrist is still allowed.
5) We will use illegal immigrants, not illegal aliens.