“We’re Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated by Fact-Checkers”

The Atlantic:

The New York Times, in a front-page story, flatly stated that a Romney ad was “falsely charging that Mr. Obama has ‘quietly announced’ plans to eliminate work and job training requirements for welfare beneficiaries.”

The Romney campaign is simply swatting aside the media’s objections to its welfare ad: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” said Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.

To me, that’s the saddest quote I’ve read this year. It also encapsulates our “post facts” era. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. Keep saying it enough and people – those who don’t think, those who won’t think – will believe you and worse, pass it on to others.

Our electorate is getting stupider. But it’s because our politicians are getter more dishonest.

(thanks to Dan Frakes for the quote)


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