NYTimes' misleading article
by asdf, Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 04:48:45 PM EDT
I was reading about the success of the Democrats passing a bill to reform ethics and lobbying, when I realized how small misleading statements could give someone false conclusions. In the first paragraph of the article Senate Approves Tighter Rules on Ethics and Lobbying, the NYTimes write:
...with an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats agreeing to better police the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.
I immediately thought that this was poor writing and poor storytelling. Even though I knew it was a great moment for the Democrats, I got the impression that Republicans passed the bill and deserve the credit. By mentioning the Republicans first, the writer lets the reader think this was a republican success. In addition, by saying "an overwhelming majority" before saying Dem or Repub, one might come to the conclusion that this was a bipartisan effort and bipartisan deflection.
If i could correct the NYTimes, i would write:
... with Democrats and an overwhelming majority of Republicans agreeing to better police the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.
Doesnt that sound better? Isn't that closer to the truth? Am i crazy and over reacting, or is this the subtle bias that has plagued the Democrats for years?