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

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