John Solomon, my hero?

I just had a Scooby Doo moment, as Kathy Griffin would say, reading the Washington City Paper a few moments ago. They report that former AP, and then Washington Post, reporter John Solomon, who took over the cult-owned Washington Times a month ago, has directed the newspaper staff to update their style sheet. Among the changes reported, Hillary will be referred to as “Clinton” in headlines, gay marriage will be called “gay marriage” rather than “homosexual ‘marriage'” (note the use of both homosexual and quotes around marriage), and the paper will start using the word gay over “homosexual.”

Wow. These aren’t small changes. As someone who has fought the journalistic use of the word “homosexual” for years – and a lot of gay groups have – I can tell you that these things matter (and aren’t easy to get changed). Solomon appears to be trying to shift the paper from yellow journalism to actual journalism, at least a bit. And that’s a step in the right direction, even (especially?) for the Moonie Times.


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