While scanning news headlines, the following from the Associated Press caught my eye:
Obama ads in GOP turf; McCain says he’s leftist
Was John McCain outing himself as a leftist? In the tradition of October Surprises, what could be more “maverick” than that?
I could imagine the instant analysis from cable-TV news: “With Sarah Palin attacking from the right, and now McCain targeting disaffected Kucinich voters, will Obama be left helpless in an ideological pincer?!?”
Then I clicked the article. Turns out McCain was talking about Obama.
So maybe the subhead of the story should have been, “Associated Press commits ambiguous pronoun reference; electorate momentarily confused.”