I don't watch TV, so it's always a shock when I head to my parent's house where it's blazing something or other from the first pot of coffee to the midnight pb&j. My Dad likes the news shows, so unless we can convince him to turn it off there's always a couple of guys yelling at each other for a few hours in the evening.
I don't know when this started to pass for journalism, but I have an inkling it's around the time that entertainment started to attract more viewers than serious news reporting. Obvious solution to execs concerned with their bottom line? Entertaining news, of course. And that's when Americans started to get dumber (yes, I know dumber isn't a real word, it just sounds better) - or, more kindly put, less informed.
What then are we to do? Well, you can start by watching this video. Dan Rather has some good ideas. And if my word isn't enough to tempt you, it's for the sake of independence and freedom. Do it for your country.