This first sentence from an August 21, 2012 Bloomberg feed (I saw it on the Boston Globe, which is a for-pay web site) illustrates the length left-wing journalists will go to manipulate statistics in what they think is in favor of Barack Obama's re-election. The reporter writes:
"More than seven in 10 Americans have heard of Representative Paul Ryan’s proposal to eliminate Medicare, and among them, those who oppose the idea outnumber supporters, according to a poll released Tuesday."
Does that look like a news story to you or does it look like an exercise your fifth-grade teacher gave you to explain prepositional phrases. Why is it so awkwardly constructed?
Because a logical non-political person would not write the sentence that way. Most of us would look at the numbers and write:
"Americans are about equally divided among those who oppose, those who support, and those who have never heard of the Wyden-Ryan Medicare reform proposal."
The source for the left-wing Bloomberg's article is the left-wing Pew Research so I would pay no attention to the poll. The secret of any poll is in the construction of the sample and Pew is notorious for only surveying Democrats. (In fact, I would pay no attention to any poll from now until the first Tuesday in November.)
-- Dennis Byron