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How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election | Politics News | Rolling Stone

“Think about it: Banning poll numbers would force the media to actually cover the issues. As it stands now, the horse race is the entire story – I can think of a couple of cable networks that would have to go completely dark tomorrow, as in Dan-Rather-Dead-Fucking-Air dark, if they had to come up with even 10 seconds of news content that wasn’t centered on who was winning. That’s the dirtiest secret we in the media have kept from you over the years: Most of us suck so badly at our jobs, and are so uninterested in delving into any polysyllabic subject, that we would literally have to put down our shovels and go home if we didn’t have poll numbers we can use to terrify our audiences.”

via How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

Ryan’s Speech Contained a Litany of Falsehoods – NYTimes.com

 

This reminds me of what a teenager would say after knowingly bending or omitting the truth:  I wasn’t lying, I just didn’t tell you the whole truth.

I might also add, that this article is itself falling into the same trap. If the author (or editor) truly believed the punchline of this story (that the whole truth needs to be presented rather than lies by omission), they would be better served to say “Republican & Democratic election campaigns both twist the truth.” After all, this article references both campaigns. And I’m not sure falsehood is the right word either.

“The growing number of misrepresentations appear to reflect a calculation in both parties that shame is overrated, and that no independent arbiters command the stature or the platform to hold the campaigns to account in the increasingly polarized and balkanized media firmament. Any unmasking of the lies or distortions, the thinking goes, rarely seeps into the public consciousness.: via Ryan’s Speech Contained a Litany of Falsehoods – NYTimes.com.

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