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The rhetoric and the reality

A political convention is a license if not to lie then at least to tell the truth creatively.

At their quadrennial gatherings in St. Paul and Denver over the past two weeks, Democrats and Republicans presented their records and their platforms – and those of their opponents – through typically partisan lenses that often blurred or distorted the real picture.

Both sides filled the airwaves with dubious claims, exaggerations and selective statistics.

So much for the rhetoric. Now for a little reality.

New York Times
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