From Mr Ben Myers.

Sir, In response to James Crabtree’s observation ( Notebook, November 3) about how much news Christine O’Donnell generated, it is clear that the media (left, right and centre alike) played a significant role in turning the midterm elections into contests of personality rather than a focus on the serious issues now facing the US. In so doing, the media were the dupes of the moneyed interests that bankrolled the Tea Partiers’ diversionary spectacle.

Politicians running for office nimbly sidestepped the issues even when confronted again and again by pointed and direct questions. And so we have an election in which the winning candidates were bought and paid for so that they can operate against the best interests of the majority of citizens. My, oh, my, the concept of democracy and its practice are very different in these United States nowadays.

Ben Myers,

Harvard, MA, US

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