Both in the transcript of its reporters’ interview with Caroline Kennedy and in the front-page story that described it on December 28th, the NY Times reproduced the verbal tic she used many times: the familiar “You know” that many people use in place of a comma in their speech. In today’s “Week in Review” section, Peter Baker’s piece makes fun of her when he writes: “Caroline Kennedy, you know, may get there on the strength, you know, of her last name.”
I don’t recall the Times including such speech-mannerisms in its reporting before, except perhaps on the sports pages. Has their policy changed? Why would they do it in the case of Ms. Kennedy?