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CURSES, CENSORED

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If they can sing it, why won’t newspapers print it?

By John Pawlak

Editor’s note: What Pawlak calls censorship, we call editing for good taste. Like all newspapers, we reserve the right to edit and to decline to print anything we deem unfit for a family newspaper of general circulation. He said he sent the same column to the New Mexican. They also said they would not print it. He gets to argue his case here.

Censoring has been going on ever since written language was invented. You think those scratches over cave paintings are a coincidence?  

No doubt some censor thought someone’s rendition of an antelope was perhaps just a bit too risque.

Recently, one of my column submissions was rejected for publication. The column discussed the increasingly vile lyrics in popular songs.  

Obviously, I can’t go into any detail about my censored column, else I risk being censored again.  I did, in fact. understand the paper’s concern.  

If they printed a column that contained lyrics from Rihanna’s hit music, they might get sued for public indecency.  

But today’s pop music is listened to by ‘tweens and teens.  

The iPods at the middle school blare these lyrics out every day.


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