It’s Okay to Lie About Politics But Not Breakfast Spreads

Why do we hold Nutella to a higher truth standard than our presidential candidates?

A Twitter discussion with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the general lack of integrity in reporting reminded me of this rant from Lewis Black on Tuesday’s “Daily Show.”

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The bit is annoying even if I give away the punch line: it’s okay for politicians to lie to us in TV ads; we hold breakfast spreads to a higher standard.

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