Po­lit­i­cal ads are a bi­par­ti­san folly

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Once again it is elec­tion sea­son, and once again the so­cial/tra­di­tional me­dia out­lets are drown­ing in a sea of drivel and bab­ble – aka po­lit­i­cal ads.

This is a bi­par­ti­san em­bar­rass­ment. The needs of the cit­i­zens to be knowl­edge­able and in­formed are not be­ing met by any party.

Aside from that is­sue, con­sider the hor­ren­dous waste of cap­i­tal, both mon­e­tary and in­tel­lec­tual. We are ex­pected to see and lis­ten to in­sipid, inane, pa­ter­nal­is­tic and sopho­moric ads as an aid in our de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. That is folly, as the ads all share the same pedi­gree – spin, half-truths and bias.

My fel­low cit­i­zens, there must be a bet­ter way!

– Charles New­ton, Char­lotte

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