Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Yeah, It's the Professors

A New York Times article
Note the first paragraph on the second page.
Notice how the only dollar amount listed is $500,000. Carefully placed at the end of a paragraph for emphasis. Notice, to, that "college and university presidents, more than 100 of whom now receive at least..." is merely tucked in between "professor salaries" and the enormous number.
Maybe I'm underestimating NYT readers. Maybe they'll really get that the $500,000 is an unexpected salary at a college, even for the rarified position of president, which is in general salaried at 5-10 times the amount of an average professorship.
I'm thinking not.


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