Good to know, thanks. I also thought of this in terms of "direction".
What would you say is the difference between infer and deduce?
One may infer something that is not true, or have no reason to infer. To deduce something is to piece things together using reason.
As for the poll, either usage can be correct, depending on the context of the sentence.
If the girl is currently being interviewed by multiple people, she may get the feeling (infer) that she is being hounded.
If she is reporting what is happening, she may imply that she is (or was being) hounded by the press.