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Howard Goodman’s column on political mudslinging is nothing but journalistic mudslinging

September 3, 2006

In today’s online Sun-Sentinel columnist Howard Goodman spends an entire column on “political mudslinging” and how bad it is.

Instead of the uplifting exercise that self-government is touted to be in civics class, politics in practice is all about whether Candidate A can out-besmirch Candidate B.

If you can’t say anything nice, you’re probably running for office.

        Entire column here.

While he raises some excellent points with which I wholehearted agree, Mr. Goodman does exactly what he criticizes the politicians for doing.  He slings mud at politicians.

AT NO POINT IN THIS COLUMN IS THERE EVEN ONE CONSTRUCTIVE STATEMENT OR SUGGESTION.

And you know something, Mr. Goodman, you probably do it for exactly the same reason the politicians do it.  YOU CAN’T GET ANY HONEST NEWS COVERAGE ON THIS ELECTION FROM NEWSPAPERS OR TV/RADIO.  The only way to make the headlines is through this mudslinging.

As you CORRECTLY say, this is not a good thing.  But I think I also correctly say your column does nothing to change things, it just uses the same techniques to get you readers and sell newspapers that politicians use to get votes.

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