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Sneaky? or dishonest?

5/04/2010

They report, I decide.

Read this carefully...
Americans Seriously Concerned About Immigration, Poll Finds - NYTimes.com: "Three quarters said that, over all, illegal immigrants were a drain on the economy because they did not all pay taxes but used public services like hospitals and schools. Nearly 2 in 10 said the immigrants strengthened the economy by providing low-cost labor and buying goods and services, a chief argument among many of their advocates."

Nearly 2 in 10! Think illegals help the economy! Nearly 2 in 10!

Careful reading will show that NEARLY 8 in 10 think illegals are a drain on the economy, but since it's written the way it's written, the reader brushes it off and adds a "but" before the NEARLY 2 IN 10! that helps enforce the idea that a sizable chunk of people think illegals help the economy.

Here's why:

Three quarters, the average NYT reader thinks, is less than 2. They are right, of course, in a way, but they are also (if the commercials are to be believed) effeminate, turtleneck-wearing, arrogant, snotty, unemployed assholes in slutty librarian glasses. And if they dress like that and believe that "there's no debate" about the NYT having the best reporting in the world, they are obviously morons as well. And I'm just talking about the men. The women are worse.

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