What do you immediately think of when you see an (R) or a (D) following someone's name? My guess is that you naturally assume that the author is trying to communicate the party affilliation of the person just mentioned, i.e. George W. Bush (R).
Take a look at this photo from the latest edition of Time depicting now disgraced NJ Democratic governor Jim McGreevey:
Clearly, they using the (r) to indicate that McGreevey is standing on the right in the picture. But ask yourself, when is the last time that you've ever seen it done that way? The standard way to make that designation is:
Golan Cipel has accused Jim McGreevey, right, of sexual harassment
Indeed, Time magazine itself normally follows this convention:
Now why do you suppose that they chose to use the (r) in this instance?
Posted by jkhat at August 18, 2004 08:26 PM
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Media Bias, but wait that's a conservative fantasy.