Remember that joke about right being â€˜military leftâ€™? Maybe there is a media decimal system that is different from the one I learned in high school.
Following a lead from Daily Kos I went to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania elections webpage. With 99.44% of results in, Hillary Clinton has 54.6% of the vote and Barack Obama has 45.4%, for a difference of 9.2%.
If theyâ€™re still using the same rules they used back when they invented the decimal system, that should round off to 9%.
I had a funny feeling that we would see screaming headlines showing the Clinton win to be just a little bigger than it actually is. I went to bed praying for nothing worse than a single digit loss, and it seems that someone answered my prayer. By the time the media catches up and corrects the mistake, most of the country will have moved on. Hillary Clinton will get credit for a double-digit victory she didnâ€™t really win.
All the major outlets are saying 10%, a suspiciously whole number.
I wish my paycheck got rounded up like that, but then, I wouldnâ€™t want it done to my bills.
Itâ€™s just a different feel, Barack Obama cutting Hillary Clintonâ€™s double-digit lead in the polls down to 9% makes it less of a victory for her and shows how effective his campaign was in a state that heavily favored his opponent.
As I write this, 4/23 15:05 in military time, Google produces dozens of headlines citing â€˜double digitsâ€™, and you really have to dig for the actual numbers. The press is doing its usual thing — giving us part of the story.