The 'gaffocracy' of campaigns does not serve democracy well

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  • OneAmerican Idaho Falls, ID
    June 15, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    I agree, but until the main stream media is willing to report facts rather than be "in the tank" for their preferable candidate, this is what we get. Obama claims to have created jobs, yet there are less working-age people employed now than on the day he was inaugurated. If you were to base unemployment figures accurately, real unemployment is in the double digits. Obama and liberals paint Romney as a job killer, yet Romney created over 100,000 net jobs during his tenure at Bain Capital. Obama uses "jobs created OR SAVED" ("or saved" being a totally arbitrary number that cannot be verified) to tout his "success." Fine. That is what campaigns do. What is missing is the media getting at the TRUTH on EITHER side, backing it with verifiable facts, and then reporting ONLY THE FACTS. That is what the media is supposed to do. But, they have long since become hacks for their side, and America suffers and becomes cynical. And politicians are able to engage in corrupt politics without the fear of being exposed by investigative reporters. Nope. The press is complicit in corrupt politics. They have failed in their duty.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    June 14, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    Excellent article. I couldn't agree more. Human beings make mistakes, say silly things from time to time. Forget about it. Talk policy!