Originally posted by shostakovich:
It's amazing just how much it takes for the public to notice incompetent leadership in a supposedly "moral" man.
That may be part of it, or what the general public view may be, but to me it's more a question of what's behind that.
I've come to the opinion that it's all in how we get our information, and how hard we're willing/able to work for it.
I used to think of the MSM as "liberal": That every news paper was defacto a bleeding heart organization. That may have been closer to true sometime in the past, but, especially in the last several years, news organizations have generally come to the conclusion that they are in business to make a profit, and that providing accurate, up-to-date, factual information is secondary to selling copy. This
is a comprehensive and accurate(I believe) view of journalsim today, and largely supports my contention(o happy coincidence).
The root of the problem is there is no simple way to find out what's going on in your own town anymore, much less the world, based on objective and thorough information. The current solution(and I was afforded the opportunity to ask Dante Chinni directly about this) involves a lot of work on the part of the consumer. We can only be assured of getting accurate information by culling varied sources throughout the media, and throughout the world, and then running that through a sieve to sort out the facts. It all sounds well and good, but who has time for all of that?! The vast majority of us don't have time to become information junkies because we're struggling just to make ends meet. We end up relying on a primary news and information source(unfortunatley, not enough people have seen OutFoxed!
), and end up with at best an incomplete perspective, and at worst(Faux), a heavily biased, skewed view of the world.
I guess the bottom line is, we're in this mess becuase we're either unwilling or unable to make the quest for truth(and therefore justice) a top priority in our lives. If Faux News characterizes GWB as a "moral" man, and uses carefully selected and edited information to back it up, who are most of us to try to see past it? If GWB stuffs a pair of socks in the crotch of his flight suit, makes sure Sandy Eggo isn't visible to the cameras(you know, just out there past the carrier island), and hops off that plane with a helmet tucked under his arm, who's to say he's not Teddy Roosevelt and John Wayne reincarnated into one fearless leader?!