September 6, 2012

Wow - Look At How The Trib Rephrased This!

From today's Trib, in an op-ed on this legislation streamlining the Senate's confirmation process, we read this:
Some streamlining: From the administration of President Kennedy to that of President Clinton, the number of appointees requiring confirmation grew from 286 to 914, The Washington Post reports. Under the Obama administration, 1,215 executive branch jobs required Senate approval.
I wanted to point out that those numbers come from this AP story.  But take a close look at how the Trib frames the story - especially the last sentence.  There are three numbers in there; 286, 914 and then the OBAMA! BLOAT! number of 1,215.

Guess what?  Here's how the AP described it:
At the start of the Obama administration, there were 1,215 executive branch positions that required Senate confirmation. President John F. Kennedy, elected in 1960, had only 286 positions to fill but the number had jumped to 914 by the end of the Clinton administration in January 2001. [emphasis added]
Doesn't "[a]t the start of the Obama administration" also mean "at the end of the Bush administration"?

Funny how the Trib frame the bloat, huh?

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