We all breathed a deep sigh of relief a few weeks ago with the end of the special election and the annoying political advertising and phone calls that plagued all voters. Unfortunately, the political silly season began again last week as Dubya launched the start of his $200 million bid to buy his way back into the White House.
Of course, our local newspaper will be right there by the President's side, cheering every step of the way. I noted two weeks ago how a two-hour visit for a $2,000-a-plate fundraiser generated two days of fawning front-page headlines. First the Advocate told us boldly what the president would say, then reported the next day what he actually said (in raising over $1 million more for his war chest).
Meanwhile, articles on the mounting federal deficit, the continuing migration of jobs out of the United States, the bipartisan criticism of the campaign of lies that got us into Iraq, or any other item critical of Dubya will be printed in small type on page 5, 6, or 7 of the front section. I suggest readers supplement their source of news over the next eight months with a variety of opinions (found on many Web sites) rather than relying solely on our local paper.