Times staffers received this memo early Monday morning:

From: Jolly, Tom 
Date: May 2, 2011 4:15:37 AM EDT
To: 
Subject: Two style decisions

At Jill and Bill’s request, we dropped the honorific for Bin Laden.

Without a “Mr.” in front of his name, it was decided that we should capitalize the “B” in Bin Laden on second references.

Thanks.

– 
Tom Jolly
Associate Managing Editor / Night News
The New York Times

(via Jim Romenesko/Poynter)


However, The Wall Street Journal is sticking with Mr. Bin Laden:

Mr. bin Laden was killed with a “head shot” during the firefight, a senior administration official said.