UPDATE: See the latest on NPR broadcast style for talking about the President of the United States, here.
Subject: Presidential Reference complaint
I am a staunch supporter of NPR, but I take exception to your news readers referring to PRESIDENT OBAMA as Mr. Obama. Please, it is only one syllable more to say President Obama, and it does give him the respect and the title he deserves. Please post this on your "things to correct" memo board. Thank you!
From Harold in Wooster, OH
Thank you for contacting NPR.
We appreciate your thoughts regarding NPR protocol in referencing the President of the United States.
For decades, it has been the broadcast practice of NPR to refer to the President by title on first reference and simply by "Mr. (last name)" or as "the President" for subsequent references within the same report.
We encourage you to view this column by the NPR Ombudsman for additional information about our policy: https://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2011/10/12/141293477/why-do-you-call-him-mr-obama
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