Titles

The current issue of Vanity Fair "features photographs of Mr. Abramoff with Representative Tom DeLay, former Representative Newt Gingrich and President Ronald Reagan."

When citing a person's title, it's proper to give his highest one. Thus, it shouldn't be former Congressman Gingrich but former Speaker of the House Gingrich.

Abramoff Says Top Republicans Were Allies [Reuters]

Postscript (3/11/06): Tim Noah wonders why American journalists and government officials refer to Slobodan Milosevic as "Mr. Milosevic."

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