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AP's style will be President Barack Obama (not President Obama)?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member


    Umm, why????
  2. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Maybe people will get him confused with the other President Obama.
  3. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    This one is Barack Quincy Obama
  4. Why not Barack HUSSEIN Obama???

    Libruhl bias!!!
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Cuz the other way sounded too much like calling the head of state "Coach."
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Genuflect when you say coach, Mister...
  8. Ummm, I think they just said on first reference people. trying to figure out why putting someone's full name on first reference is a problem.
  9. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Dangerously agrees.
  10. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

  11. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    I'm just a little confused.
    Of the last three presidents, two have had the same first and last name, and now the AP decides to change the style?
    It doesn't make any sense.
    It has always been an honorary thing in my mind. Plus, if your readers don't know the first name of the president, all hope is lost.
    On the other hand, it is only the kind of thing people who edit copy for a living get worked up over. Well that, and people who will see a conspiracy behind it.
  12. I never understood why AP style insisted on President Lastname as first reference all these years anyway. His first name wasn't President.
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