Editor's Note: Election rhetoric can be downright ugly
"These people would not say they’re lying, but we all know they’re stretching the truth, taking things out of context ... The more extreme, the better.”
– Robert Loevy
According to the experts, the volume and audacity of distortion, misrepresentation and outright lying in the 2012 presidential campaign is unprecedented. A spate of aggressive third-party ads, a highly polarized electorate and the ability of the Internet and social media to spread misinformation at the speed of light make for a potent combination.
I have caught friends at both ends of the political spectrum repeating – or, more often, reposting on social media – candidate attacks I know have been shown to be false. Other friends have given up their Facebook accounts altogether until after the election in November. A couple aren’t sure if they’ll ever come back.
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