Maybe just call him Barry

Why was this “story highlight” about Barack Obama written this way? Here are some possible explanations:

  • Maybe it’s because his name isn’t as classically American as, say, Mitt Romney’s, so writers and editors get confused about which is his first name and which is his last.
  • Maybe it’s because the media are worried about another Obama/Osama mixup, so they are switching to his first name to be safe.
  • Maybe it’s because we see more politicians, entertainers and athletes referred to by their first names in headlines and other display text. (See here and here.)
  • Maybe it’s because someone just screwed up.

Whatever the reason, someone at CNN.com decided to call Barack Obama “Sen Barack.” At least the item followed AP style on the abbreviation.

And I am a little worried that Romney’s net worth may be as low as $190.01