Monday, August 11, 2008
Why do voters believe politicians when they misrepresent their opponents?
Time and time again, politicians put words into the mouths of their opponents. Many voters believe these. Why would anyone believe what an opponent claims that an opponent says? This is powerful, and is very carefully restricted in commercial advertising. Truth in advertising laws do not apply to political speech. Perhaps they should. Factcheck.org steadily identifies claims made by politicians which would not stand up in business advertising.