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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

Strong local reporters become more critical in a post-truth political world

With just over three months until the 2022 general election, fabrications, half-truths, omissions and utter lies will dominate political discussion from now until November. It is the same song, just at a different tempo.

We live in a post-truth political world.

Misleading characterizations have always been a part of the political world. More than two decades ago, during one of the first campaigns I ever worked on, the campaign manager would regularly put together fundraising letters that stretched credibility but terrified a significant portion of the intended target. He knew he could count on the credulity of voters — particularly those who were on his candidate’s “side” — to override any small detours he took from objective reality.

The scarier the spin, the more money his candidates raised.

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