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Thank you (I think ;-)  Hard to top your description of "Kings of Fucking Everything TM."

The No. 1 reason we're in the mess we're in is this: Our own population has been too lazy and too stupid to do its homework for too long.  They don't put the work in to cut through the bullshit.  Blaming the WaPo for it is dumb.  The WaPo only gets away with being more than a fancy-looking roll of toilet paper because of the failures of the citizenry.

I am not certain I can agree with this, however.  My dear departed parents were news junkies.  They were devoted New Deal Democrats who voted for guys like Henry Wallace.  As they aged, they would set aside the hour to watch MacNeil Lehrer on PBS (which they contributed to every year.)  Not surprisingly, as MacNeil Lehrer drifted to the political right over the years, so did they.

Now it's true, with the Internet, anyone with a little energy CAN inform themselves.  But I remember when I abandoned the corporate media in 1982 as hopeless, it was HARD to stay informed.  I had read newspapers religiously since I was 11 and I went into acute withdrawal.  It took several years to find my way again.  

So I am not so certain that it is the fault of lazy citizens when they are misinformed.  The are being lied to by the most sophisticated liars in history.  So the harder they try to stay informed, the more confused they get.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Mon Jun 30th, 2008 at 01:32:08 PM EST
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