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Tomorrow is election day. At this point, the probability is vanishingly small that any single fact checked statement from any of the 2012 presidential or vice presidential candidates could sway anyone's decision. It's similarly unlikely that an analysis of the aggregate truthfulness of the candidates will influence votes. Since everyone's already decided, now is a good time to reflect. On the malarkey scale, how do the presidential candidates this election year compare to the candidates in 2008? Specifically, did the candidates spew more malarkey or less? I'll use Malark-O-Meter's factuality scale and statistical analysis tools to address this question. The question is an important one because it gives us some insight into how the shifts in political climate since Obama entered office have influenced campaign politics.

The analysis is at Malark-O-Meter.


Has the premium on political deception increased in recent history?

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    Rich in PA

    Brash Equilibrium /brASH ēkwəˈLIBrēəm/ Noun: a state in which the opposing forces of snark and information are balanced

    by Brash Equilibrium on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:11:10 PM PST

  •  This campaign was far more truthful than 2008 (0+ / 0-)

    Since Obama wasn't a relative unknown but the incumbent President, the most outlandish personal attacks were either off the table or only pursued by marginalized cranks like Trump.  McCain had no views on any domestic policy issue so he wasn't hemmed-in in his attacks on Obama like Romney has been: he of course fudges and invents the details, but I think people have a clear view of how the two candidates differ.  Romney hasn't had any real interest in foreign policy, as we saw in the third debate, so we didn't get the usual Republican horseshit there besides Benghazi, which didn't take hold because it's a violent world (especially that part of it) and a few deaths don't register even when one is our heroic Ambassador.  Overall I think Obama is right (and, perversely, Romney too) in saying that this election has been a clear contest of competing visions, and while we've had lots of malarkey it hasn't determined anything important.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:42:10 PM PST

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