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Clinton Aide, Reporter In Profane E-Mail Exchange

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The email exchange between a journalist and one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aides grew quite heated and profane over the weekend. It marked at least the second time in recent months that a spokesman for a major political figure used an obscenity to get across his point.


Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. A State Department spokesman had an angry email exchange with a reporter, and Philippe Reines wrote: Feel free to use every word. So the reporter did, publishing their whole profane exchange, like this high-toned dialogue:


I'm misreading you as needlessly antagonistic.

INSKEEP: No, you read my email correctly. I found your statement offensive.

GREENE: Why ask questions you've already decided you know the answers to?

INSKEEP: Why don't you give answers that aren't bogus?

GREENE: Have a good day.

INSKEEP: And they added some other words we cannot repeat. You're on MORNING EDITION.

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