This happens too often to mention it every time, but hats off to James Fallow for a quick tweet on a Wall Street Journal post that mentions in passing the fate of a minimum wage bill in the Senate earlier this year:
WSJ says $10.10 min-wage bill “failed to pass the Senate.” http://t.co/D2TffIjOKd Copy edit hint: “was blocked by filibuster.” Got 54 votes
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) September 2, 2014
The “failed to pass” line is a bit like a homicide victim being described as someone who fails to stay alive. It’s technically true, but misses the agency involved in what happened.