Fact-checking: useful, until it becomes politically biased trivial pursuit

Summary: Monday's debate shows the limit of fact-checking, even in those rare cases where it's politically neutral. While useful in small doses, it boosts our obsession with the trivial aspects of the race and obscures the great issues at stake. Also, it's seldom done with a neutral viewpoint -- becoming glib defenses of the established … Continue reading Fact-checking: useful, until it becomes politically biased trivial pursuit

Everything you need to know about yesterday’s debate

Summary: Here is everything you need to know about yesterday's debate, beyond the trivialities that filled the 90 minutes. These are things your favorite news media might not have mentioned.   Contents South Park shows us a great debate. The candidates lie to us! Compare these debates with real debates. Do debates matter? Reactions to … Continue reading Everything you need to know about yesterday’s debate

Monty Python explains our presidential debates

Summary: This Monty Python skit perfectly captures the absurdity of our presidential debates, which seem designed to keep us uninformed (even stupid). Unfortunately they are the spectacles we want. {2nd of 2 posts today.} "Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see … Continue reading Monty Python explains our presidential debates

Reagan had Alzheimer’s in 1984 & we elected him anyway

Summary: While we watch the debates and judge the candidates' style, we tend to miss the serious content. Like Romney's contempt for us, seen in his serial lies. That's a long tradition in America, going back to Reagan's first debate in the 1984 election. We not only ignored his signs of early Alzheimer's, but elected … Continue reading Reagan had Alzheimer’s in 1984 & we elected him anyway

The presidential debates are performance art. They’re Kabuki.

Summary: The presidential debates reveal little about the candidates, much about our political system, and everything about us as citizens. Part one of two. See part two: A reminder that debates are fun, not politics: Reagan had Alzheimer's in 1984 and we didn't notice. The Presidential debates display in pure form the nature of our … Continue reading The presidential debates are performance art. They’re Kabuki.