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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Make it stop!

Just when you think it couldn't get worse it does. With two weeks to go the candidates and the media are spent.

On the one hand, we are treated to straight-faced reporting from the stump on topics that should produce ennui if not outrage: campaign stump speeches like Myth Romney -- defender of 30-year-old failed supply side economics while failing to offer any concrete new ideas -- claiming Barack Obama is "barren" of ideas.

If that's not your cup of tea, how about one contradictory poll after another leading to prominent speculation that the race could be a repeat of 2000 when one man won the popular vote, the other guy the electoral college (with a hearty push from the Supreme Court).

Now, more than ever, journalists should be doing in-depth stories about the people and policies that got us here, the reality of the solutions being offered and holding the candidates' feet to the fire when they tell whoppers. We should be getting a strong look at how money that could be better spent on addressing our problems is going to buy candidates.

Instead we get poll after poll after endless contradictory poll and fact-checking that often fails to see the forest from the trees.

The American political system is corrupt and journalism is broken. It's obvious every time you pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV or fire up your computer or tablet.

I'm tempted to say wake me when it's over. But the stakes are too high and like most human beings, I find myself unable to turn away from a train crash.

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