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March 19, 2003 12:06 a.m.

Why is the New York Times calling Bill Frist “Dr.Frist” in its regular news coverage of the Senate Majority Leader? He has a medical degree. He used to work as a doctor. I’m sure he’s saved many lives. But doesn’t this sound like something that comes right out of the good doctor’s communications department?

I did a little hunting around on Nexis. And it seems like the Times started using the “Dr.” a bunch more after he got the top job. But the Post and the LA Times and Roll Call and most other publications just call him the more appropriate “Mr.Frist.”

Maybe he’s got something on Howell Raines?

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