Oliver Burkeman interviews New York Times reporter Mosi Secret, who wrote about a strip club in his debut on the paper’s new sin-and-vice beat.

The Times is notoriously prudish; it regularly ties itself in linguistic knots to avoid using profanity, and only opted to call Pussy Riot by its name after internal brow-furrowing. So Secret’s 2,400-word account of activities at the Bliss Bistro – to which he gained access on condition that he wouldn’t reveal the surnames of anyone involved – seemed decidedly un-Timesian. (A number of readers complained.) And yet in other ways it was very Timesian indeed, as when Secret wrote of “Tony”, the club’s manager: “Many of the details he shared that day, like his account of selling large quantities of heroin, could not be independently verified.” No shit, as the Times wouldn’t say.

Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

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