It's one thing to accidentally let a vulgarity slip when you're on live television, but intentionally doing it when you are a news commentator is a completely different thing.
With this in mind, one has to wonder why MSNBC's Martin Bashir did this on the show bearing his name Friday (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MARTIN BASHIR: In their own emails indeed Goldman Sachs described their own products as quote “shitty” and “cats and dogs” which seems to me like an admission that they were selling excrement to clients. Yet he goes before the committee and he denies that completely.
So is it now acceptable for a television commentator to use a vulgarity on the air if he's quoting someone?
Doesn't that open up all words to be used in this medium no matter how profane?