cher·ry–pick: counting the hits and forgetting the misses; seeing only what you wish to see. Overlooking and ignoring evidence, while encouraging your audience to be equally blind.
I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to presidential debates. I think debates are exciting and I enjoy watching them, especially while reading all of the reactions on Twitter. However, the theatrics and the need for constant fact-checking are ruining the excitement and overall potential of this race.
In a perfect world, debates would provide specific, factual information and would help undecided voters make up their minds. Instead we get half-truths, pants-on-fire lies and, in turn, apathetic voters.
One good thing about all of this is that it has encouraged me to be even more on point with what’s really going on. I’ve learned to be skeptical with what’s being said and I think it’s sad that so many Americans accept what they’re told at face value. Almost everything that was said in Tuesday’s debate could be challenged.
- Romney was misleading when he spoke of the Pell Grant.
- Both candidates were misleading with facts about oil production – neither seems to remember the BP oil spill, either.
- Romney completely flip-flopped on contraception and his stance on Planned Parenthood.
- Neither candidate really gave succinct answers on immigration or automatic weapons.
- The Chinese investment comments were downright laughable. It was rich coming from someone who has a net worth of about $250 million.
I can only imagine what the final debate in Boca Raton will offer.