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Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008

Judge Dread

A few hours after the Massachusetts SJC upheld his 2005 triumph in a libel case against the Boston Herald , Superior Court judge Ernest Murphy waxed dramatic.
The SJC’s libel ruling won’t cripple the media — but it could seriously hurt the Herald
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 09, 2007

Hurtful speech

 I can’t remember the last time so many commentators from diverse points of view got together in a kumbaya circle.
Letters to the Boston editor: April 27, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 25, 2007

Nouveau Jim Crow

Would Governor Mitt Romney or Attorney General Thomas Reilly call for a public or legislative vote to end slavery if it still existed in Massachusetts or the United States?
Those who favor another vote on gay marriage are 21st-Century crackers
By EDITORIAL  |  July 07, 2006

Don't be spooked

The move to make gay marriage unconstitutional should haunt people of good will. Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment? Sign the petition .
Bush and Romney can slow same-sex marriage, but they can’t stop it
By EDITORIAL  |  June 08, 2006


Gay meant guilty

On April 8, 1981, Wayne Healy, a 29-year-old gay man, was convicted of brutally murdering his former brother-in-law during a sexual encounter.
How gay-history experts could help free a man convicted of murder 25 years ago
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 05, 2006