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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, May 27, 2016.

  1. On the AP wire yesterday. In today's paper today ...

    Why is it mentioned the guy is a Democrat?
    Katie Couric is an editor?
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  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Democrats usually want everyone to die, except transgenders.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Often when you mention a politician, you list his or her party.
  4. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    EVERYTHING is political in 2016 America.

    And, everything is black and white with clearly drawn battle lines and no nuance whatsoever.

    Good to see the media finally catching up.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    My first thought, too, but it could have been accomplished by saying "Democrat Mayor John Cranley" or "Mayor John Cranley-D".
    Where they put it makes it seem like they're trying to make a point about something. It's quite misplaced. And really not necessary.

    After looking at it some more, I wonder if it was something a copy editor (if those still exist anywhere) put in. Looks like adding ", a Democrat," might have been enough to add a line to a story that was a line short.
  6. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Well, shoot, if you
    just need to add one line:

    Isaac and Mayor John
    Cranley said they regret the
    loss of life. But Cranley, a
    also stressed the
    importance of protecting
    the public from assholes with guns.
  7. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    That's pretty standard reporting for people who hold public office. Ever notice when Congressmen or Seantors are referred to with something like Nevada-Dem. or Penn.-Rep.??? While it's not really relevant to this story, it's a standard practice by newspapers. Surprised you wouldn't know that Orville.
  8. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    If it's a story about politics, absolutely include it. This was a police story. It was not necessary.
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  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    Fair enough.
  10. We only reported political affiliation (Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va) with regard to national politics, or campaign-related stories.
    With local politicians, mayors, county commissioners, council and wardsmen, in day-to-day stories, we never listed political affiliation. Honestly, this story is the first time I've seen something like this done for a local politician, muchless in a story where he's the only politician quoted.
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