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Globe and Mail public editor Sylvia Stead explained that the Globe and Mail published the word “retard” in a report about Ann Coulter’s tweet using the word because it was newsworthy.

A reader had questioned the word’s publication in a story given that the word “wasn’t allowed in the comments.” (See the Globe and Mail’s standards for online commenting.)

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Stead explained.

“Simply put, it was because the word had news value and was not used gratuitously or as an insult to someone.”

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