Local politics has become a murky business. There are candidates seeking public office who claim to be “independent voices” on their printed promotional materials and websites. Some simply declare that they are “American politicians.”

Reluctance to mention party affiliation is misleading and duplicitous — even if it is allowable. Pamphlets generated by Republicans seem to be the most blatant.

The public is being spoon-fed lies in the hopes that the omissions are not noticeable. Such deceptions will swallow us if we don’t pay heed.

Conservative views are also being promoted by WGME TV, part of the Sinclair Group, a media conglomerate who, in my opinion, favors current administration rhetoric without disclosing their editorial bias in what are supposed to be news broadcasts. That is insidiously subtle and that is my objection. On its website, Sinclair claims it controls “193 TV stations and 614 channels in 89 U.S. markets.” At least with Fox News people know what to expect.

Donald Trump is a master of evasive language that is meant to deceive or confuse. This practice is being adopted by other Republican voices.

Today’s political environment is suggestive of the book “1984” by George Orwell, with reference to doublespeak: “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength …” And another quote: “The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.” The similarity to today’s newspeak is frightening.

People must confront manipulation and challenge propaganda in all forms. Awareness might save this nation from a dystopian future.

Kathryn Begg, Auburn

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