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June 13, 2005

Ideology Trumps Fact in Philly Inquirer

Whether or not one supports Israel's disengagement plan, a fact is a fact... right?

Not in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Reporter Michael Matza crafted this absurdly self-contradictory paragraph in yesterday's paper:

Although a majority of Israelis back the plan, the long, antagonistic run-up to its implementation has eroded support in recent weeks. A poll this week showed support dipping below 50 percent for the first time.

It's not clear why this breakdown in logic occured. Is it because Matza supports the disengagement plan? Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing is clear: "majority" means "a number more than half of the total." "Below 50 percent" means less than half the total.

Posted by at June 13, 2005 11:02 AM