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November 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Low-information voters blamed for indecision

News should be blamed

I find it ridiculous that news media and political pundits are blaming “low-information voters” for being so susceptible to believing lies in attack ads and/or contradictions from the candidates (mainly Romney) [“Why don’t these voters decide? Some like to mull,” News, Oct. 26].

Whose fault is it that low-information voters exist in such vast numbers and across every demographic variable pundits like to break voters down into? It’s their fault. It’s really sad that they don’t even know it.

The pundits on 24-hour news networks tell you about the events of the day through the mouths of political-spin doctors, on the extremes of both parties, each telling you their version of events or their version of the impacts. The problem with that approach is that they are giving people two versions, or two exaggerations of the truth and leaving it up to the viewer to decide who to believe.

It’s basically a coin to toss as to what reality actually is.

That may explain why we’re so polarized 50/50 as a country across the board. When it comes down to it, we flip a proverbial coin as to what and who to believe. We need news to be reported with facts, not debated with spin.

— Trevor McDowell, Woodinville

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