|John, sometimes I wonder if the "Times" editors read what they publish. Here is a lead story, front page, from today's paper. Headlined, "Bush Backs Bid to Block Gays From Marrying"|
This two paragraphs are in the body, exactly as shown.
>>>Pollsters say that public opinion has been gradually shifting, albeit slowly, toward a more tolerant view of homosexuality. A Gallup Poll in May, asking whether gay couples should be able to "legally form civil unions, giving them some of the legal rights of married couples," found the public evenly split, with 49 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed. In February 2002, the equivalent figures were 53 percent against to 41 percent in favor.
A New York Times/CBS News Poll of 3,092 people, conducted nationwide by telephone from July 13 to 27, found that 55 percent of those interviewed opposed "a law that would allow homosexual couples to marry, giving them the same legal rights as other married couples," while 40 percent favored it.<<<<
So the second paragraph is directly contrary to the one above it. What are they thinking? That we are too stupid to read past their opening? SLATE picked this up. Aaagh!