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In the Guardian, I suggest (not the first time) that the only common-sense approach to political advertising -- especially in a time when anonymous, moneyed interests are pouring huge sums into the system -- is to believe absolutely nothing.
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I enjoyed the piece Dan.  However, instead of just the Koch's brothers been mentioned, it would have been fairer to also mention Soros and Media Matters which is bias using their non-profit statute.  Those 3 are only the tip of the iceberg.  
 
+Jacques Dupuis Ah, good old false equivalence. Media Matters isn't buying vast airtime across America.
 
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True but just as dangerous because readers know they are non-profit and really think that they are not bias.  They do a lot of damages with the manipulated "truth."  
 
Believe nothing?  People believe what they want to.
 
+Jacques Dupuis They have a clearly stated world view. Their mission is, in part, to expose the lies coming from the right. Dangerous? 
 
Lol. Media matters still claims to be non-partisan while slinging more lies and nonsense than anyone they claim to be watching.

How about Obama'ssuperpac that was caught in straight up lies and how it most likely illegally coordinated with the campaign. But hey, Koch brothers are evil or something. 
 
How does Media Matters keep their non-profit status while their mission statem is as +Dan Gillmor states to expose the misinformation from the right?  The same can be said for any conservative "watch dog" group who states the same in their mission statement. 

I do think that America has way to long of an election cycle that allows this to happen as well.  We should really restrict the amount of time any politician or group can campaign which might be able to help cut down on this.  That and force all groups to expose all of their donors including the ones less then $250.  If you have enough time or people you can spend just as much in $250 donations as you can in lump sums. 
 
I don't believe you. (somebody had to say it.)
 
On a grander scale, this happened in the Soviet system -- people gradually stopped believing anything they were told by "authorities." That phenomenon was even stronger in the satellite countries.

It seems to me "believe nothing from authorities" has been taking hold in the US as well -- fostered by the Tea Party as well as by conspiracy theorists and whistleblowers and social media. When we can no longer believe in our systems of information, systemic revolution (and/or collapse) may not be far off.

I mostly think that it's about time.
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