At first glance it seems like just another article about a senate race, not too thrilling really. I wouldn't have read this article at all except I thought it was interesting that Patty Murray might be losing her senate seat next fall. I realized though that the exact opposite is true--in fact, the headline of this article bears no factual resemblance to the actual words in the article.
Here's the headline: GOP leader says Murray may lose senate seat
There's nothing to indicate that Murray might lose her senate seat, and there's nothing to even indicate that the GOP leader in question, Virginia senator George Allen, said that. He's not quoted or even paraphrased as saying that. The article says, "Sen. George Allen, chairman of the U.S. Senate Republicans' campaign drive, on Thursday called George Nethercutt's challenge of incumbent Democrat Patty Murray one of the country's most competitive races."
Thats the extent of Allen's references to the race. He didn't say she "may lose senate seat." The article goes on "Although Murray has a double-digit lead in the polls and most analysts don't think she's in trouble, Allen called Washington one of the seven best prospects for knocking off an incumbent."
In essence, what he's saying is that it would be nice if Murray lost. Nobody's saying that she "may lose senate seat."
This article was in the Clark County section of the Oregonian on Friday. The Oregonian has its own small office up here for that section. This article is so obscure that I couldn't even find it on Google, and I have no idea where the editors of that section found it, although its from the AP.
Oh well, the native paper is beyond unreadable.