Oct/29
2010

Spend, lie, win an election.

So, the Supreme Court decided to remove a long standing precedent preventing corporations from contributing to election funding. That?s one problem. Another is the huge rise in attack ads financed by organizations not required to disclose their funding sources. It turns out a small number of individuals are providing a majority of the funding for these negative ad campaigns: The New Republic: How Secret Money Buys Elections. In many cases, the beneficiaries of these campaigns don?t even know where the money is coming from, but they?re happy with the results (see Art Robinson?s campaign in Oregon). Individuals on one side of the country are influencing a congressional race on the other side of the country.

This leads us to the next distressing piece of news from NPR, that this year?s campaign ads aren?t just spinning the facts, they?re lying outright. Including a claim from a doctor that he lost his insurance due to ?Obamacare?, when the company had actually stopped offering those policies years ago, and another that claims the Democrats "spent more money than this country has spent in the past 200 years combined."

Unfortunately, the depressing picture doesn?t end there. It turns out, that it doesn?t matter whether the ads are true or not, because people will believe what they want to believe. Even presented with hard core facts, they won?t change their mind. In fact, research shows, that when people are confronted with facts that contradict their beliefs, they dig their heels in more.

What?s happened to our Democracy?

2016 Edit: Every election provides us a new reason to raise this question...

1 comment
Comment from: Larathiel
I think the following motifake sums things up best: http://www.motifake.com/democracy-politics-wtf-demotivational-poster-55974.html
10/29/10 @ 15:00