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When headlines lie
Mon 31 May 2004, 09:54 PMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
28% of Americans think gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry --up slightly since March. Another 29% say gay and lesbian couples should be permitted to form civil unions. Overall, 57% of Americans support some type of legal status for same-sex couples. Four in 10, however, think the relationships of same-sex couples ought to have no legal recognition.So, if 57% support either marriage or civil union, two forms of "same-sex unions", that must mean that 43% (or "four in 10" as they say it) oppose same-sex unions. So how can the headline claim that "most oppose same-sex unions"? See the article. In case you think this was just an innocent mistake, note that the first paragraph also claims that "The American public continues to oppose the idea of same-sex marriage and supports a constitutional amendment to outlaw it.", as if that proved the headline correct, even though their own statistics challenge this.
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What has been said:
163.1. Rob McDonagh (06/01/2004 05:29 AM)
Nice. Very nice. I sent CBS feedback taking them to task, but I expect it will hit the circular file immediately.
By the way, Ben, your blog's front page shows 'no stories found' because we're in June now. RSS readers will see this, but website readers will not, fyi...
163.2. Christopher Byrne (06/01/2004 06:35 AM)
One of the Legendary headlines in the illustrious history of our local paper was:
"First Non-Catholic Elected Pope"
when JPII was installed.
163.3. Rob McDonagh (06/01/2004 07:12 AM)