Obfuscation

On House of Representatives Rejection of President Obama’s Budget:

I’m not sure what I was supposed to take away from this article, but whatever it was there has to have been a better way to communicate it.

First, the headline:

GOP-run House easily rejects Obama budget

The whole story is about how the entire House of Representatives voted 414-0 to reject the budget. What does the modifier “GOP-run” add to this – like it was only the Republicans voting against it?

The first sentence:

The Republican-run House has overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget for next year after a vote forced by GOP lawmakers to embarrass Democrats.

Apparently the Democrats voted unanimously with the Republicans – how was this embarrassing for Democrats? Embarrasing would have been if the Democrats supported the bill and lost. The vote appears to have been aimed at embarrassing the President, not Democrats in general.

Democrats have defended Obama’s budget priorities but they largely voted “no” Wednesday night.

“Largely voted?” They were unianimous. Largely would be the correct term to indicate a large majority. In this case, the word “all” would have been more accurate.

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