Words are powerful and the choice of one word or phrase over another can significantly alter the general meaning of the entire work. Take, for example, the CNN article on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill, "Bloomberg urges passage of 9/11 health bill:"
The bill has been in legislative limbo since Thursday, when Senate Democrats failed to win a procedural vote to open debate on it.
No sir. No sir. That is not how that should be worded. Senate Republicans voted against considering it. That is not "failing to win a procedureal vote to open debate." That is Senate Republicans voting against talking about it.
The New York Daily News views it differently ("Sen. John McCain rips Zadroga 9/11 health bill push as 'fooling around'," by Michael Mcauliff 12/18):
Democrats brought the 9/11 bill up once before. The GOP slapped it down unanimously, saying it wanted to extend tax cuts before doing anything else. With those cuts passed, Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to bring the Zadroga bill back.
One GOP senator has pledged support for the bill, and several others, including Maine's Susan Collins, have said they will back the bill - with conditions.
Still, there is little time left, and major changes could kill the bill as easily as a "no" vote.
Jon Stewart devoted an evening of the Daily Show to the Zadroga Bill. It's well worth the time to watch.
You can read more about the bill at Open Congress.