Overly Fine Distinctions
I'm normally in favor of making fine distinctions but this is ridiculous:
Seven-in-ten Americans now say they favor "affirmative action programs to help blacks, women and other minorities get better jobs and education," a 12-point increase since 1995, with support increasing among most demographic and political groups; but the number favoring "preferential treatment" for minorities, 34%, is no higher than in the early 1990s.What do they imagine affirmative action is?
I'm reminded of the following fine distinction (attributed by Raymond Smullyan to Marvin Minsky):
No, no; your trouble is that you're confusing a thing with itself!