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April 26, 2004
Adventures in Headlining

The Sacramento Bee analyzed a Los Angeles Times poll (always a dangerous task) on gay marriage in a state with the nation's strongest gay movement. The results of the poll showed that less than a third of Californians supported legalizing same-sex marriage. However, the Sacramento Bee headlined the story thusly:

Poll: Nearly one of three Californians favor gay marriage

Wow -- nearly a third support gay marriage! That's about the same percentage that supported Cruz Bustamante in the recall election. I'm talking about the actual vote, not the LA Times' polling, which had both of them ahead until the final weekend before the vote -- labeling the race as "too close to call" just before Californians rejected Gray Davis by 10 points and Bustamante 48%-30%. "Nearly a third of all Californians" didn't help them much in the end.

Talk about viewing the glass half-full! Who knew that the Sacramento Bee hired such optimists as headline writers? (via The Corner)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 26, 2004 6:16 PM

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