The ignorance factor: Obama, religion and the media
The chilling chunk of people who believe Barack Obama is a Muslim has caused some serious soul-searching in the news business.
How have journalists failed to adequately communicate that the president is a Christian? Or does it no longer matter what we report if people choose to believe something with no basis in fact?
My question on this whole issue is simple: why does this one piece of public ignorance matter so much?
So 18% of the public are wrong about the President's religion. Kurtz and Co. want the MSM to go pedal to the metal to correct this misconception. They also want Republicans to issue ringing testimonies to Obama's faith.
For over forty years, 70-80% of the public has believed that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. Something like 30-50% of those people "think" that elements of the government had a hand in killing JFK.
Does Kurtz think that the MSM has a duty to correct this mistake in the public's knowledge of history?
Or what about the idea that the CIA invented AIDs to kill Africans and African-Americans?
I've missed the hyperventilation in the press about these examples of public ignorance and the political opportunists who exploit that ignorance.