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berry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-03-04 10:37 AM
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12. I don't understand your hostility to the question of countering lies.
But I can offer this anecdote. I have a neighbor who is 83 years old. She's sort of a democrat, but more from habit (Democratic demographic) than conviction and careful consideration of the issues. She listens to a morning radio talk show that spews RW talking points (there aren't a lot of alternatives for her to listen to), and I am constantly having to try to straighten her out on the facts. Basically, she is appalled by corruption, cronyism, the power of special interests, etc. So in the end, I'm pretty hopeful that she'll vote for Kerry, but she is precisely the sort of voter these GOP lies are out trolling for. The lies confuse her. She gets all her news/info from tv and radio (and me).

So, no, I don't think the lies are inconsequential. Of course, they don't affect the people who turn out for Kerry rallies--and that's great. But they DO affect a great many others, if only to make them doubtful.

And I don't see why the Kerry campaign can't do two things at once. By all means focus on the message, but a sideline in setting the record straight sounds do-able (and imperative) to me.
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