For some, the joy of a new year ahead may be dampened by the approach of the presidential and congressional election season. It’s the quadrennial spectacle when the divisiveness and base pandering of the warring political parties and their campaigns shift from its background roar into a riot of partisan absurdity. Our 2020 “to do” lists must include preparing for the daily deluge of accusations, insults, innuendo and demonization for dollars, votes and power, when the sensible center is drowned out by the ravings of the battling extremes.We must ready ourselves for the daily cacophony of pundits, critics, candidates and surrogates out-shouting one another, as the Fourth Estate obsesses over the latest poll results and fundraising tallies and rushes to report the latest gossip or gaffe from the campaign trail. ADVERTISEMENTSoon, negative messaging paid for by special-interest dark money will masquerade as legitimate, independent political speech, while biased cable and internet media outlets continue propagandizing under the guise of journalism.Brace yourself for more facile debates when the most we can learn about a candidate’s merit is the ability to remember and deliver a poll-tested sound bite and how well a media celebrity can preen for a national audience. All the while, as we continue… Read full this story
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