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PolitiFact | 7 ways to avoid misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic

October 15, 2020

A guide for weeding the truth in planning and voting for or against any candidate in this era where facts and the truth are often given a back seat by unscrupulous candidates and their campaigns when producing advertising, delivering stump speeches, participating in “debates”, etc.

Tonight’s dueling town halls being broadcast on competing mainstream media networks is an anti-debate – insofar as it is even more difficult to glean useful information from both major party candidates when they are talking at the same time about different issues. This is even worse than the farce first Presidential debate, where Trump spent the entire time talking over both the moderator and Biden.

My personal preference is to watch the Biden Town Hall for two main reasons:

  1. It was scheduled first, due to the fact that Trump had tested positive for the virus and was refusing to participate in a debate where the health hazards of a face-to-face confrontation would be minimized and greater ability to reign in Trump’s rants, interruptions and refusal to answer any direct questions could be brought to bear.
  2. Experience shows that basically everything Trump says in relation to the campaign issues is tainted by his refusal to even pretend to tell the truth about either his own or his opponent’s policy positions. Listening to him is virtually a waste of time at this point. NBC scheduling a free Trump infomercial to compete with a serious Biden town hall was a big mistake. Watch Biden so NBC’s rating’s are pitiful by comparison. TV ratings are perhaps the one thing Trump cares about here. Show him his decision not to debate did not help his cause, but actually hurt him. – rjc

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.

Source: PolitiFact | 7 ways to avoid misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic

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