Our friends over at Gawker have a great piece today...predicated on a great piece in the Wall Street Journal. It’s the kind of writing I love to read on Gawker, about the kind of writing in our profession that should have stopped long ago. It’s about honorifics—the very formal and dated-seeming practice of a formal title before a second reference, like "Mr. Bin Laden," and other tricks of our trade, like "this reporter," when you mean: me. Anyway, it’s a dwindling practice and its time has come.
I'm listening to Richard Engel in Libya via satellite phone right now—making a point he will make on our air tonight. This is no longer a people's uprising—it’s an armed rebellion, that looks suspiciously like a war in some places. It appears large portions of the country are gone—outside of Khaddafy's control. We continue to follow the story, and we'll have a live update tonight—in addition to the latest on the four Americans killed by pirates, the quake in New Zealand, and the protests in Wisconsin and Ohio. I hope you can join us tonight.