The thing is, nearly every time I see a story on a subject I know something about, something in the story is inevitably wrong. So I can only assume that, when it comes to stories I know nothing about, they are equally wrong. Which means, basically, that everything you see in the news is…wrong.
That’s not “news”. That’s fiction.
Sure. And I think everybody has run into this, viz. their own little areas of expertise.
But what do you expect folks to do? It is difficult for the vast majority of folks to try to become omniscient simply in order to fact-check the media. If they don’t give enough of a damn about the politics and people who control their daily lives in the government, why would anybody think they would expend the energy to do likewise on a much broader and deeper scale?
The formal term is “rational ignorance,” and I call those who practice it “rational ignoramuses.” Because they are, and they like it that way.
When ignorance is the standard, liars and idiots rule the conversation.
BTW, Dale has an interesting take on the local “Korean Pilot Names” controversy. And a horribly funny report on CNN’s imbecility when it comes to fuel injection. I’m really glad to see him doing more than just the financial reports over at Q&O.