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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the first US presidential debate in New York. Photo: David Goldman/AP
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the first US presidential debate in New York. Photo: David Goldman/AP

Last week in Boston I passed by a place I used to work cleaning dishes in the 1980s. The restaurant/bar, on Boston's fancy Newbury Street, is still there - which is quite an achievement in a fast-changing industry. As is now the norm in many American bars, the TV is always on. I stuck my head in nostalgically, only to be met by Donald Trump's angry face on a big screen.

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As the Presidential campaign grinds on, the TV networks want to put on anything that grabs the attention of the punter, however fleetingly. As a result, there appears to be an exclusive diet of incessant fear-mongering from morning to night, highlighting horror stories, imagined and real, of what is about to befall the US.

It's extraordinary to behold.

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