A friend of mine who likes to bring up misdeeds by democrats as proof that republicans are beyond reproach (I’m not sure how that works) told me that Chris Dodd is responsible for the accounting scandals from the late 90s to the present. I do not defend Dodd’s role in the problem but I do think there is blame to share. The story is actually quite interesting. A good synopsis of the problem and why it came to be was done by Frontline and you can watch it by following this link. If you can’t watch the whole program see at least chapters four and six.
Andy Rooney once put forth the proposition that people who do not bother to stay up on the issues of the day should not vote, possibly canceling out his informed and carefully considered vote. I can agree in principal. I’ve watched people try to sift through and understand current events for the last 30 days before an election, having ignored all the relevant issues for the previous 23-47 months.
My motivation for starting a blog comes from my extreme frustration with the press. But more important is something I observe in the public, which is a common inability among consumers of news programs to be able to separate the crap from the gold.
What I mean is, if a source of information shows itself to be unreliable or tainted, why is it not cast aside by the public? For an easy example turn on your radio and listen to Rush. It is agony for an informed person to listen to his show. Why do the people who know he’s not a reliable source of information tune into his show? Why do radio networks continue to air a show that pretends to be providing information to it’s audience, when it’s shown time and time again that this show intentionally misleads it’s audience?