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  •  Lazy citizens is the real problem. (3+ / 0-)

    Folks who get there news from "Good Morning America" vs. NPR's "Morning Edition".

    Most people just don't make an effort to be well informed.

    There is certainly a problem with consolidation of news sources but if a person subscribed to NYT and listened to NPR, checked out BBC news website, they'd be a well informed voter.

    The University of MD study where Fox viewers were wrong on 80% of Iraq facts while PBS/NPR viewers were right on 90% of Iraq facts is the classic.

    People choose Fox and the other unreliable sources.

    We do need the next president/Congress to redo FCC and telecomm. legislation to increase diversity in the media after years of corporate consolidation.  Murdoch will have divest of Wall Street Journal.  Local ownership of TV, radio and newspapers has to be increased.

    •  True! (2+ / 0-)

      And to continue with the laziness theme, it's also important for us to understand that we do have electoral choices that represent a substantive alternative to the corporate-funded status quo.

      One HUGE problem is that we - including liberals - typically ignore or mock the nonmainstream candidates that do appear.  It's almost as if we're frightened by someone who doesn't have straight teeth and isn't a millionaire... or too lazy to carefully evaluate a non-Democratic, non-Republican candidate.

      Keep on eye on the upcoming elections in Nancy Pelosi's district, okay?  It's precisely such a choice that the voters will face.

    •  Let's see ... (4+ / 0-)

      20% of Americans are functionally illiterate, many are single parents raising children and working two jobs, many wonder how they'll pay their electric bills, and about 25% use the Internet.

      Lazy idiots or pawns in their game?

      "This chamber reeks of blood." -- Sen George McGovern, 1970

      by cotterperson on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 09:44:33 AM PST

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      •  Not so simple (1+ / 0-)
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        Lazy idiots or pawns in their game?

        Both!  

        Volunteer-based literacy programs for adults exist and are free of charge - just as food banks are.  

        Self-improvement is a timeless American tradition.  Many ignorant or uneducated persons have the initiative to improve themselves in one way or another; many have done so already.  For the remainder to refuse to do so out of foolish pride or apathy or claiming to be "too busy" is indefensible.

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