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The Big Disconnect

That's not just to say that they're against restricting the rights of organized labor, but public sector unions in particular.

What's popular and what's not isn't the be all and end all of political reporting by any means. But it positively suffuses most of the news reporting as a virtually unchallenged assumption. And virtually every report assumes that the local unions and the state Senate Democrats are under the most pressure because public opinion isn't on their side.

And yet, the reverse seems to be the case. It's an illustrative example of how personal assumptions are usually much more potent than actual evidence in shaping people's -- and reporters' -- take on what's happening.