Dumbest culture ever: Basically, it's against the law for upper-end journalists to report basic information.
Especially on "cable news," they'd rather spend each waking minute engaged in pointless discussion about whatever Donald J. Trump said ten seconds ago. Or speculating, for hours on end, about aspects of the Mueller probe they can't possibly know about.
Basically, our upper-end journalism, especially on cable, is conducted as if we were all subhuman. Yesterday, we listed a few of the basic statistics you never hear discussed, given this subhuman culture.
We forgot to include the basic facts about the decline in crime. Today, Kevin Drum notes one result of this subhuman corporate behavior.
"Crime Is Down But Most People Don’t Know It," Drum's headline says. Actually, we'll make a correction:
Crime is actually way, way down, but most people don't know it.Drum offers some of the reasons for this public ignorance. Most of it takes us back to the behaviors of the national and local press.
People haven't been told that test scores are up. People haven't been told that crime rates are down. People don't know that they're getting massively looted through the astonishing costs of American health care.
(Do people know about incarceration rates? When Patrisse Khan-Cullors published her Black Lives Matter memoir early this year, did you see her on the cable shows of our favorite corporate stars? Of course you didn't! The people who have been locked up are the people our mugging and clowning cable stars persistently disregard.)
People don't know that crime rates are down! But if you watched Rachel last Wednesday night, you possess eighteen minutes of useless knowledge about Herb Kalmbach, Nixon's personal lawyer. This pleasing but pointless tribal porridge was served to you under liberal cable's Retro Schadenfreude Rules!
We've asked you many, many times if our journalists are actually human. Sometimes, people think we're joking or engaged in hyperbole.
For the record, we've never been sure that we are. We wouldn't bet that they're nonhuman, but we wouldn't be shocked by that news.
They should talk about Yemen, Seymour Hersh said. Maybe they could even talk about basic matters at home!
There Went the Sun: "Here Comes the Sun," George Harrison said.
Regarding American social pathologies, the sun has pretty much come and gone. Remarkably, no one was told!