Slate’s Hang Up and Listen discusses J.A. Adande’s article about editing athletes’ quotes for grammar.

Should Journalists Be Editing Athletes’ Quotes for Grammar? Hang Up and Listen Discusses Why—and Why Not.

Should Journalists Be Editing Athletes’ Quotes for Grammar? Hang Up and Listen Discusses Why—and Why Not.

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May 24 2016 4:48 PM
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Should Athletes’ Quotes Be Cleaned Up?

Hang Up and Listen wonders whether journalists should edit athletes’ quotes for grammar.

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On this week’s Hang Up and Listen, Slate Plus bonus segment, New York Times fellow Greg Howard joins hosts Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Stefan Fatsis to debate whether journalists should edit athletes’ quotes for grammar.  The hosts discuss an article from ESPN’s newly launched site, the Undefeated, where writer J.A. Adande argues that journalists should avoid cleaning up quotes in order to preserve the athlete’s culture and vernacular. But will publishing quotes with less-than-perfect grammar harm an athlete’s image? Listen to find out what the hosts think.

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