"I think a case could be made that ignorance played at least as big a role in the election's outcome as values. A recent survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland found that nearly 70 percent of President Bush's supporters believe the U.S. has come up with "clear evidence" that Saddam Hussein was working closely with Al Qaeda. A third of the president's supporters believe weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. And more than a third believe that a substantial majority of world opinion supported the U.S.-led invasion.
This is scary. How do you make a rational political pitch to people who have put that part of their brain on hold? No wonder Bush won." - Bob Herbert
This should serve as a wake-up call to the so-called mainstream press, so worried about drops in viewers and readers. We are not getting even the most basic information out to people.
Forget your politics, our readers (and viewers) are not paying attention. The 4th estate is in danger of giving up its important role in the system of checks and balances to 'fly-by-night' media; low power rural talk radio and community papers, who are spreading miss-information like its the gospel truth to the 'Walmart Nation' American public.