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'Washington Post' editorial board stops using Redskins name

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

More and more we're hearing about various members of the media ceasing to use the name "Redskins." In perhaps the biggest deal yet, the Washington Post announced Friday the editorial board would cease using the team's nickname.

"While we wait for the NFL to catch up with public opinion and common decency we have decided not to use the slur ourselves except when it is essential for clarity or effect," said a statement on the paper's own site.

Worth noting: this doesn't affect the actual paper. The news-gathering side of the business can -- and will as we understand it -- continue to use the name of the team throughout work.

The U.S. Attorney General is the latest to condemn the Redskins name. (USATSI)
The Washington Post editorial board will stop using the name 'Redskins.' (USATSI)

"The Post's newsroom and the editorial page operate independently of each other,” executive editor Marty Baron said. “Standard operating policy in the newsroom has been to use the names that established institutions choose for themselves. That remains our policy, as we continue to vigorously cover controversy over the team's name and avoid any advocacy role on this subject."

Fred Hiatt of the editorial board noted recent "momentum" against the team's name helped the board's decision to change their stance on using the name.

Guessing Mike Ditka is probably canceling his Post subscription right now.

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