That Word Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

Sheryl Gay Stolberg has a “news analysis” in today’s New York Times that takes up the same subject as that big Politico thinkpiece from yesterday—President Obama’s policy successes during a time of political peril—and if it doesn’t say anything very interesting, at least it generally foregrounds the role of the economy in driving his poll numbers down.

The second graf in particular, though, seems to call out for a closer read from a copy editor, or maybe just any old editor:

But Mr. Obama’s legislative success poses a paradox: while he may be winning on Capitol Hill, he is losing with voters at a time of economic distress, and soon may be forced to scale back his ambitions.

As Jonathan Bernstein notes, “this is not, strictly speaking, a paradox. Or, you know, something that would count as ‘news’ to the readers of the Times.”

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Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.