In an undeniable sign of power-creep, recent D&D books have included the option to include a "character background" which gives you a small bonus. This bonus is small enough that I don't really mind it, but it's still odd that they would let players have an unambiguous benefit with literally no trade-off.
Anyway, it seems that we've misinterpreted the nature of this bonus. Where it may seem to give you a +2, or access to, more than one skill, it only conveys one of those bonuses. The Player's Handbook II is more explicit about the nature of these benefits.
I don't mind it so much, I just wish they wouldn't add stuff after the core book was already published.