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So taken all together, this is the story that the Times, CNN, Slate, New York Daily News, CBS News, The Hill, Newsweek, Yahoo News, and HuffPost all jumped at; the White House sent a letter with an unnecessary comma. And of all those outlets, the Times was the only outlet who noted that the capitalization was actually correct.
It was bizarre watching Mason appear on CNN, get introduced by the hosts as the teacher who "school[ed] President Trump," and then admit that of course Trump almost certainly didn't write the letter, and yes, she was perfectly aware that the federal style guide required the White House to use capitalization she claimed was wrong. Instead, she just insisted that the standard used by the federal government for decades was just wrong, darn it.
originally posted by: ketsuko
She may be forgiven for not knowing that the White House has an in-house style that they follow. However, that media outlets with reporters whose job it is to cover the White House on the regular basis are ignorant enough of this that they pushed her story like it was something praiseworthy when it was really sheer ignorance is inexcusable and yet another instance of reporting on "two scoops" as it were.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: ketsuko
What is that in house style called?
Boho fly by the seat of your pants style?