Ordinary Lies, Damn Lies and the Debates

Consumer warning: The claims you hear in Wednesday night’s presidential debate may be hazardous, if not to your health, then to your relationship to reality.

In a campaign that features some of the most dishonest television ads in history, President Obama and Mitt Romney have been more circumspect about what comes out of their mouths than what is shown before or after they identify themselves and say “and I approve this message.”

But they will be tempted to use the themes their pollsters have found effective. That may be especially true for Romney, knowing that he is trailing. [cont.]

Adam Clymer, New York Times