Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Two points:
1.Six media companies control 90% of the US market (excluding some big city newspapers): Viacom, GE, Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Bartlesman.

They all represent big business status quo thinking and GE is a major military supplier. How much alternative information do you think they permit?

2. There is a tendency for people to support their leaders. Some because of a misunderstanding of what patriotism means and some because of the need to be told what to do. In addition the US political process has now become one solely based upon personality not on issues. So people continue to support Bush because they like his "affect" (or his manufactured image) even when they don't like his policies. In fact many who support him don't even know what his policies are.

This is nothing new, even de Tocqueville commented on it. The question he asked and then answered was why does the US get such mediocre elected officials while in other countries the elite goes into public service. His answer was that the elite in the US turn to making money instead.

Let's face it the last president of culture, intelligence and selflessness was FDR. (Kennedy was rich and preppy but not especially cultured.)

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 09:39:37 AM EST
In fact many who support him don't even know what his policies are.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 09:51:32 AM EST
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Again, all true if viewed from one perspective.
First, we do not have to be helpless pawns of media bullshit. The truth exists, but somehow the process of finding it (and separating it from what we want to believe) has gotten lost for many people.
Second-- if we do not even know his policies, --why do we support him? "Affect"? Sheesh!
It's easy to say "All those others are easily manipulated simpletons", or that we need better policy generation mechanisms, but the problems are not the "other", or bad policy, but ---us. No crap detector-

We fail to see our own, as well as theirs.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 11:33:00 AM EST
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