So it’s not just a heated atmosphere in the runup to the mid-term election? Rage is the new ’politics as usual’  in Washington politics?

That’s what Politico is saying.

Responsible people in power and in the mainstream media are only beginning to grapple with this new environment — in which facts hardly matter except as they can be used as weapon or shield in a nonstop ideological war. Do you dive into the next fact-lite partisan outrage — or do you stay out and risk looking slow, stupid or irrelevant? No one is close to figuring it out.

I’ll take the risk, and believe that remaining fact-based, truth-oriented and civil is still relevant. Respect for dignity attracts.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....