We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

When Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush publicly defamed New York Times reporter Adam Clymer at a campaign event in Naperville, Ill., newspapers around the country faced a decision about how to report the candid comment. Some, like the Washington Post, quoted Bush verbatim; others chose to edit his statement with asterisks or other creative omissions. But the Washington Times outdid itself, making Bush’s put-down into something far more anatomically explicit than the candidate probably intended: In a Sept. 5 front-page article, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s newspaper wrote that Bush had said to running mate Dick Cheney, “‘There’s Adam Clymer—a major-league [deleted],’ employing a vulgar euphemism for a rectal aperture.” —Jason Cherkis