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Information only as good as its source

Published 9:47am Friday, September 28, 2012

With just a little more than one month remaining before the Nov. 6 general election, it is more important than ever that voters pay attention to the information they’re getting as well as the source that it comes from.

It is impossible to watch television or browse the Internet without being bombarded by political ads. Most citizens have been getting propaganda in the mail nearly each day. Chain letter e-mails spread like wildfire, often containing only half-truths and one-sided presentations of information that is taken out of context.

Of course the political campaigns themselves are doing their part to always put a positive spin out there for their candidate, and not just at the presidential level.

A recent example came last week when U.S. House of Representatives candidates Bill Johnson and Charlie Wilson squared off for a debate in Marietta.

That evening campaign directors for Charlie Wilson sent a mass e-mail to dozens of media members with a breaking news message: Wilson wins first debate. The e-mail goes on to explain why that is the case stating everything as if it was an indisputable fact.

Then, less than 10 minutes later, a separate e-mail was blasted out across the state proclaiming “Johnson wins first debate.”

So, which was it?

That is difficult to determine from this information alone. An individual likely would have had to have been there and even then victory, like beauty, may be in the eyes of the beholder.

The point is, citizens must educate themselves and pay close attention to the information they’re given, where it comes from and who stands to gain from it.

The truth is hidden somewhere in the political spin and propaganda, but voters will have to be smart in seeking it.

  • Noesis

    Hey Indie…. still claiming Obambi won the debate last night? Nah…. didn’t think so. I knew you were in panic mode when I looked on here and saw no mention of home runs for Obama. Romney was landing punches one after another on Obambi. The moderator should have called it earlier… a technical knockout… if this was a little league baseball game, the mercy rule would have been enforced. Romney did such a great job in the debate, even Obama is considering voting for him ;)

    CNN has pretty well sums it up:

    CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner

    Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.

    According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff…

    “No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

    The public finally gets to see Romney for the first time… not being defined by attack ads. Bet you aren’t feeling so confident in your predictions now are ya?

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  • indieVoter

    “The debate is entertainment…”

    The one tonight will if you’re a fan of Obama.

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  • mickakers

    deist; I also like the BBC. But, it does have some “skin in our game.”

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  • mickakers

    The debate is entertainment. Words are cheap. Actions speak louder than words, per example, voting records. Many people have already voted in early voting. The debate is an exercise in futility. But then again, maybe not, there are people easily deceived.

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  • indieVoter

    I agree we should look to get neutral or varied coverage of our political stories. I also look forward to the debate tonight which will cut through all the “noise” and let these two men go head-to-head for all to see.

    As I’ve been saying all along, I’m confident Obama will win tonight but even a big win in this first debate might only amount to a 2 point bump in the polls. We’ll see…go Obama!

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  • deist

    Maybe they are the ones that do get it. You are always going to have uninformed voters, but that should stop us all from trying to help our friends and neighbors learn the truth. But base your decision on that truth, and they means going to sources of all kinds. One must research for themselves from reputable sources. I like the BBC, as it has no skin in our game. Seek the truth, and it will be revealed.

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  • Geronimo

    It doesn’t really matter,those Republicans,and Democrates that vote a straight ticket don’t pay attention to the news or watch debates anyways. Most are too stupid to see the differece in policy.

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