Washington City Paper editor defends cover hed, says "sometimes the truth is vulgar"

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Washington City Paper has received dozens of calls about the cover headline (at left) for its Marion Barry story. "Some people are going to find that vulgar -- that's inevitable," says editor Erik Wemple. "If they find it vulgar, they can complain. It's worth putting it out there, and it's the truth." The phrase, says Wemple, "brought the issue very much into focus. It is a matter of public concern how he treats women."

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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