Ben Heineman on campaign tactics

The Political Lie, From Cicero to Joe McCarthy
The Atlantic
September 5, 2012
Commentary by: Ben Heineman, Belfer Center fellow
Topic: Campaign tactics

“The point-counter point after Paul Ryan’s convention speech has raised many questions — about, for instance, the role of the media and the role of self-appointed ‘fact-checkers.’ But none is more important than the question of whether both campaigns have chosen direct lies as a core campaign tactic and whether, if so, this will increase cynicism and foster distrust in the electorate. Are we doomed from now until the election to calculated political demagoguery in highly distorted negative ads fueled by gobs of unaccountable money?”

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