Why I love Congress, part V

Just……wow. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-NY) has recently instituted a weekly quiz feature on the Committee homepage, probably to get people more interested in the site and so it’s more interactive. Congress is really getting into this web trend it seems. 😉

Anyways, this week’s quiz asks the following question of its readers: Who said,”The [Employee Free Choice Act] doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act…”?

Your choices are: Rep. George Miller, Sen. Ted Kennedy,  John Sweeney,  Rachel Maddow, or The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. I, being the excellent quiz-taker I am, immediately identified which of these things is not like the other and chose The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. Turns out I was wrong and right all at the same time. I was informed that the answer was, in fact, “all of the above” which was not actually provided, meaning no one could get the quiz right this week.

Then, and here’s the curious part, the page it took me to touted that “even the Wall Street Journal agrees that the bill protects the secret ballot for workers.” We all know how conservative the editorial page of the WSJ is so I clicked on the link handily provided to read the article where they made this oddly liberal statement.

Turns out that ellipsis was important indeed as what the Journal actually said was “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice makes it a dead letter,” which is the exact opposite of what the quiz leads you to believe they said. Clever editing on their part.

Now, I’m a dyed in the wool Democrat, but I can’t overlook the blatant deception going on here. There are plenty of arguments for, and against, EFCA so you really don’t need to be twisting the words of one of your opponents to meet your ends and insulting the intelligence of your audience at the same time. Maybe next week’s quiz will be better…

 

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