Wednesday, December 30, 2009

California Can be Confusing

At first glance, a story headlined "Rep. Jerry McNerney: Is he more liberal than moderate?" makes you think the writer has a point of view.

And when it throws-off paragraphs like...

A National Journal survey online reports that McNerney was the 196th most liberal congressman in 2008 and the 232nd most conservative. On economic issues, McNerney ranked in the 55th percentile among liberals. In other words, McNerney was more liberal than 55 percent of his House colleagues during what the National Journal considers key economic votes in 2008.
...then starts comparing him to Rep. Steny Hoyer (124th) because the National Review doesn't rank Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, you're still thinking by including so many opposition quotes, the writer could quite possibly believe that 55% may be too liberal.

But when all is said and done, when you get down to the reader comments, you find that despite the perception the article seems to create with its jumble of facts, quotes and comparisons -- middle of the road could have an entirely different definition in San Joaquin County.
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