Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rachel Maddow on lying in political campaigns



There's a bit of a parallel going on in the U.S. and Canadian campaigns at the moment in respect of truth telling. So here are some timely and instructive thoughts on how to draw attention to an opponent's lies about your campaign. How not to say it and how to do it.

My thoughts are, you have to let the opponent show himself. Let the opponent hang himself on his own words without having the leader do it. Just show the opponent in the act and present the truth every time he does it. Some media are catching on. Put up clips on YouTube of the opponent in the act.

This is an issue that perhaps needs some attention. When the opponent continues to run with misrepresentations, despite the press releases, the other side has to answer them more forcefully.