Monday, January 30, 2006

What's my name?

If Gov. Christine Gregoire wants to be called Chris, she will be called Chris. So says the editor of the Columbian of Vancouver, Wash. (Via Romenesko.)

He had no problem setting style for his paper on the matter, but he was puzzled by AP's refusal to reflect the change in preference. There's an AP style rule saying people are entitled to be known however they want to be known, he pointed out. What gives? (It sounds like AP was reluctant because the shift was a PR move intended to soften Gregoire's image.)

The editor, Lou Brancaccio, talked to the AP bureau chief in Seattle, Nancy Trott. She came around. And in a word of Bill Clintons, Tom Cruises and Diddys, how could she not?


At 5:03 PM, February 03, 2006, Anonymous Jim Lexa said...

I have no problem identifying people by the way they want to be identified.

The problem I have is when politicians run for office and decide to use their middle or maiden names to rely on family fame. That happened in the city I work. Before the election, the politician was "Jane Doe." During the election, she was "Jane Lincoln Doe." After the election, she was "Jane Doe."

From now on, election or no, she will be known as "Jane Doe," if I have anything to do with it.


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