Below the Beltway / Entertainment

An Old Cuss

WASHINGTON -- The world of journalism was most recently rocked -- it gets rocked more often than an insomniac baby -- when the publisher of the York (Pa.) Daily Record issued an edict banning cursing in the newsroom.

The use of foul language has ...

The Opie-Changey Thing

WASHINGTON -- As I write this, a mini foofaraw is unfoofing over whether Selma, the new movie about Martin Luther King Jr., misrepresents Lyndon Johnsons role in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. To add tension and conflict, the filmmakers ...

A Crime of Frankensteinian Proportions

WASHINGTON -- Several well-known journalists have been accused in recent weeks of the cheesiest sort of plagiarism: stealing phrases from humble sources like Wikipedia. Because of the casual nature of these offenses -- the sin sometimes seems ...

Our Hero Has a Poetic Encounter

Gene Weingarten is away. This column originally ran in 2002.

WASHINGTON -- I cant tell you how pleased and proud I was to discover that one of my high school classmates has become a famous poet. I cant tell you that because the fact is, I ...