Unless you threw your TV out the window (not a bad idea, by the way), you know that the fights for Congress this year and the White House in 2016 are already heating up. With the Democrats and Republicans locked in a fierce struggle, the nasty chatter from the political right and the propaganda machinery of Fox News will be worse than ever.
To cast your ballot as a well-informed citizen, you have to be able to sort the wheat from the chaff. Expect Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and the rest of the antiliberal mouthpieces to avoid whatever facts they can and distort the ones they can’t—nonstop half-truths and horse-puckey, in other words. That’s what they get paid to do. They aren’t presenting objective information. They are actively campaigning for the Republican side and working to prevent their worst nightmare: Hillary Clinton in the White House collaborating productively with a Democratic Congress.