Not a huge deal, but from a CNN article
headlined "Clinton sorry for 'scumbag' remarks, spokesman says":
Ahh, Bush, Clinton, what's the diff? Who can keep all these scumbag presidents straight, anyway? [Update: CNN has fixed it, but the pixel-grab don't lie.]
Another MSM observation on the same topic from Greg
Apparently the great Grey Lady is still a bit modest. In its account of the Huffington Post scoop on Bill Clinton's tirade against Todd Purdum, The New York Times today quoted some of the ex-president's epithets, including "sleazy" and "slimy" but drew the line at "scumbag."
However, this classic article from Slate
notes the word's appearance in an April 2006 NYT
crossword puzzle. On a Monday, the day for easy ones; it caused a
minor outrage. The history
of the Times with respect to "scumbag" is provided in some
On a completely different topic:
the guy that beat me (and, um, a few thousand other
contestants) in the New Yorker cartoon contest
a few weeks back
reveals his winning secrets.
He also notes that the cartoon was plagiarized from the sainted
Jack Kirby; tsk!
For the record, my entry was:
"Our building's on TV? Why?"You'll have to click over to the article for that to make sense.