Is it too much to ask that Americans not act as dumb as the rest of the world thinks we are?
My son isn’t allowed to watch any television channel that features commercials. Why? Because I’m an uptight hippie freak mom? Hardly. He’s not allowed to watch commercial television because when he does, he calls me in every four minutes to tell me that “if I act now, I can purchase this knife set that cuts steel and tomatoes! But I have to hurry! Time is running out!” He’s currently very enthusiastic about magic chamois cloths that are 2″ x 2″ and will dry my entire house after a torrential downpour. How do I explain to a six year old that people can just say whatever they want on TV to achieve their ends, even if what they say isn’t true? Meanwhile, back at the ranch, however, we are working double time to try to teach him that the most important thing he can do is tell the truth.
At the risk of sounding paranoid, question everything. From both sides.
Factcheck.org - the Annenberg Foundation’s political fact checking site.
snopes.com - urban legends, political rumors, contemporary mythology and hoaxes
fightthesmears.com - Obama’s “smear-fighting” site
Politifact.com - Congressional Quarterly/St. Petersburg Times fact checking site
And if you click through in the next 30 seconds, you’ll get some extra truthiness at no additional charge!