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One possible way to put an end to lies in political ads

Many ads sponsored by the presidential candidates and political action committees have misstated the facts so blatantly that no sensible voter can believe much of what is being said anymore. It’s time to put an end to all these attempts at trying to fool the American people, who I believe are much wiser than the candidates believe.

Here’s what I propose: Create a law that requires all media channels (TV, radio, newspapers, billboards, etc.) to fact-check the ads before they are air. If a media channel airs a nonfactual ad, it would be required to correct misstatements in the same manner and time slot as the original ad, at the expense of the media channel.

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Of course, this law would apply to ads for congressional elections as well.

Bob Zidle

Needham

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