CP headline: "About a third blame Ignatieff for UN loss: poll"
CP news story paragraph: "Fifty per cent of those polled blamed "the government's recent record on international diplomacy" for the loss, but Ignatieff came in second."
Actual results: 50% blame Harper government policy, 31% blame Ignatieff.
Disconnect: 50% blame Harper government policies, 31% blame Ignatieff.
Since when did a 19-point gap become a "close second" worth noting? Was 2008 a "close second" for Dion's Liberals and the 11-point gap between them and the Conservatives? And since when did the smaller number become the more important one? When did the majority opinion in a poll end up being the one that's regulated to the sidelines? My god, imagine if this was a voting intention poll and 50% said they would vote for Harper, compared to 31% for Ignatieff. The press would be going nuts! Mind you, they'd still be anti-Ignatieff...
I could call this a failure of modern media and the sorry-ass-excuse of a press corps that makes up quite a few major media outlets in this country, but I would just be repeating myself.