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The Washington Post’s New Aversion to the F-Word


The Washington Post’s front-page headline this morning—”Democrats Extend Debate On Bolton“—struck me as curious. Why the longer, less lively phrase “extend debate” rather than the punchy “filibuster”?

As it happens, a search of the Post’s archives reveals that the Post has used the term “filibuster” in headlines a total of 1,775 times. Until today, it had never used “extend debate” in a headline as a synonym for “filibuster”. (The only time the Post had ever previously used “extend debate” in a headline was in a 1999 article titled “Commissioners Extend Debate on Teacher Fee”.)

Might the Post be providing rhetorical cover for Democrats?


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