Without a doubt, the month or so before election day has become the most difficult time to be in the media.
Election campaigns, even on the minute local level, have gotten so emotional and nasty. And no matter how the media reports on them, we are inevitably going to be accused of favoring one side or the other.
Social media plays a huge part in it. People (candidates, their supporters and opponents) rile each other up needlessly, which just leads to more anger, angst and drama.
Greed plays another part. Government pensions and benefits are the gold standard, and when lifetime health insurance and fattened pensions come with some of these elected positions, candidates see dollar signs.
This year I have only had to cover the Queensbury supervisor at-large race, which has been fairly quiet. Five good candidates are vying for four seats, and the race has been devoid of mudslinging, at least as far as what I have seen.
It is the polar opposite of the Queensbury town supervisor race, which has resulted in more "investigations" than many of us can keep track of.
Since I have been here a while, lots of people love to call or email tips about other races, which I in turn pass on to the reporters covering those races. Some of the tips are ridiculous, some are interesting, and it's funny to watch who is doing the dirty work for whom.
Nov. 8 can't get here soon enough so we can go back to some semblance of pre-election "normal."
-- Don Lehman