If you wonder how you might be able to help the political discourse in the country a wee bit, consider contacting authors who write nonsense articles. If an author knows that (s)he will be stung by criticism, they'll think twice about dropping unsubstantiated claims in their writings.
The San Diego Union Tribune had an op-ed today on Kerry's failing candidacy. I sent the author an email:
With six weeks to go, John Kerry has reached the nadir of his presidential campaign. It's not just that he trails in the polls, but that he is doing little to catch up. At this point it would be foolish to bet against George W. Bush.
There is really no excuse for making such an irresponsible statement. All polls since a couple of days after the convention have shown the race re-tightening. Kerry is still surging, and even leading in some polls.
At this point, it would be foolish for you to write any more articles until you switch off CNN/MSNBC/FOX for a few minutes and find out what is going on in the real world.
From your own e-newspaper today:
Poll: With Bush lead after convention fading, race now in a virtual tie
Have a good day!
Probably not the nicest letter I ever wrote, but I was pissed, and he was either brain-dead, or too lazy to do his job and find out what the polls have been showing for weeks now. We can't have that. It's not acceptable.