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Should Weingarten Be Advising Journalists?

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No doubt there’s much to be learned from WaPo‘s unconventional columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten. But an advisor of the craft? Could prove to be troublesome.

In recent weeks we’ve seen him use the p-word (that’d be p—y) when tweeting with and about author Buzz Bissinger . Weingarten was trying to show him up, bait him, imitate his raunchy style and acquire more Twitter followers.

Not that these aren’t admirable missions – they are, of course. But in this upcoming recent tweet, he appears to go overboard (as a potential teacher, that is) as he warns writers on the pitfalls of using one phrase over another:

“geneweingarten: URGENT!!! Writers, use caution: There is a big difference between “He came on to her” and “He came onto her.”

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