Not only do we have to listen to the outright lies during the Republican convention from speakers like Paul Ryan but then we also hear from Mitt Romney’s pollster Neil Newhouse that “we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” (Eugene Robinson column, 8-31).
The problem is that so many voters today get their information from sound bites and thus can easily be mislead by speeches which both sides make and which might distort the facts. Fact-checkers serve a good purpose to help us get better informed.
A well-functioning democracy needs well-informed citizens. The GOP candidates seem to bank on an uninformed populace to win the election. Why else would they so blatantly distort the facts?