Brock did not respond to CJR’s request for comment. He told B that he believed the standards were applied consistently:

As I said, it’s a consistent policy. And the exact same issue came up within the past week. We run into this across the board: with names of plays, songs and so forth. It’s just our policy. No doubt, plenty of people think we are sticks in the mud or antiquated. We just try to do what is right for us.

B says it “would’ve been fantastic” to get extra traffic via a link from the Times. Instead, she got a lecture. “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an email like that from anyone but my father,” she says.

 

Sara Morrison is a former assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter @saramorrison.