CLEVELAND (TDB) -- The newspaper management's account of the internal wrangling before it reached the decision is reported by reader rep Ted Diadiun. His column drew a retort from Gawker, which questioned the reasoning:
"If the Ohio newspaper wants to take political correctness to an extreme, fine. For consistency's sake, the PC police might want to do a purge of the Plain Dealer's archives, where there are several instances of the n-word making it through intact onto the the page."
My own history at The Plain Dealer: I used the the n-word once in print (that I recall), as a quote in a 1988 piece about Jesse Jackson's run in the Democratic presidential primary. A white senior citizen in Ironton said he planned to vote for Jackson, despite the fact the candidate was a n-----. His words surprised me and it was a quote that I never expected to see reach print. The geezer's point seemed to be that he thought Jackson was right on a lot of the issues though he didn't like the candidate's skin color. There was quite a flap after the quote appeared. And rightly so.