reply to post by pngxp
Nice videos showing the ignorance of some Americans, including one ignorant congressman. Can do that to either political side.
With respect the first video, the interview was placing false premises before them, saying the Romney was proposing things that Obama was doing. Why
not then tell the same person immediately after that actually Obama is doing these things and see what there reaction is to it. I wouldn't be
surprised if some ore most either said they couldn't believe it, or that maybe it was okay then. I'm not defending the US electorate at all -- and
even less so the news media, which is in large part responsible for the ignorance of Americans. That said, who's to say all the people interviewed
were actually Obama/Democrat supporters? What if "typical" Republicans were asked the same or similar gotcha questions? -- Just about the same
In addition, if this interviewing was conducted in NYC, which it appeared to be, then I am not surprised. I've had to ask street directions from New
Yorkers in the past and they seem to be the most clueless people I have ever encountered with respect to directions and knowing local location.
In the second video, it is claimed they looked for the most informed Obama supporters they could find on election day. Seems like a tall claim. To
accept that there was no cherry-picking in this or the past video is taking a lot on faith. What I'll acknowledge is telling is that few, if any,
knew who Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi are (I would argue that knowing who Barnie Frank is, is not crucial current events knowledge), but they knew about
some of the negative associations with Sarah Palin. I would attribute this in no little part to how the GOP ballyhooed Sarah Palin as a VP candidate,
yet she turned into a nightmare for the Republicans and Teabaggers.
Palin showed herself to be just about as ignorant as these folks, but as a bonus can only speak in incoherent, run-on sentences -- to this very day,
as I saw her doing the same thing on election night, as well as claim that the US constitution requires a balanced budget. So the right-wing news
media made her a sensation, and then when everybody else found out what a narcissistic dolt she is, the liberal media tore into her for propaganda as
well as humor.
As for the question asked about "seeing Russia from Palin's home," this was a comedic paraphrase of what she actually said, and the interviewees
answering that Palin said this is no big deal. If the question were phrased to use Palin's actual words, I'd imagine it would yield the same
answers, so this was essentially a gotcha question, splitting hairs over semantics.
As for making video's about Obama's "57 states" comment and then asking people who said this, it is very much the case of making a mountain out of
a mole-hill of a gaffe. Romney said that Syria is the gateway to the sea for Iran, even though Iran abuts the Persian Gulf, yet I didn't see ongoing
making of hay over this comment of Romney's. Sure, there were was mention of it at the time, but I can't imagine anyone continuing to harp on that
gaffe. However, conservatives bread and butter are such gaffes of their opponents because they don't have much else to hang their hats on. And the
fact that the sampled Obama supporters didn't know or had forgotten about the 57-seven state gaffe? Pffft. BFD.
The congressional hearing video was sad indeed. That was one ignorant congressman. About as bad as Todd Aiken claiming that raped women have a
built-in biological method to induce abortion in the case of rapes. How about the Republican primary where all the candidates were asked if they
believed in evolution or not, and just about everyone of them said "no."? So Republican candidates are either extremely ignorant or have so little
character that they will lie about the most basic of known scientific theories. Remember when Bush I visited a grocery store and was astounded by the
scanning technology and who, in an interview or debate, could not answer how much a gallon of milk cost? That's high ignorance in an out-of-touch
way by a president.
That all said, I submit that asking questions of voters from the opposition party, who didn't ask to be interviewed, and very likely cherry-picking
the interviewees for a video is a far cry from somebody taking it upon herself to make a really ignorant tweet, i.e. a public statement, in response
to her presidential candidate losing -- a tweet in which she got each and every fact wrong.
Want to follow-up on the ignorance of Americans in general, due to American news media, but will do than in a follow-up post because of character