Dear Editor:

For Mr. Witkowski:

Thank you for the challenge, keeping in mind, that political inclinations are determined about 60/40 percent nature/nurture — your response about watching Fox News is my best answer.

A great comparison of what Fox News is doing today can be seen in Leni-Riefenstahl’s “Triumph Of The Will,” 1934.

Bell curve aside, memory and association are only part of an IQ result. Much of the balance is more related to critical thinking or to your point, the choice of networks, the ability to dissemble falsehoods and purposeful hyperbole (call it pushin’ your buttons) from fact, or even something as simple as, “Yes, that propaganda makes me feel good and fits my prejudices, but does it make any sense.” The most usual reaction of those stuck in ideologies (religious and/or political) when presented with information that conflicts with their modalities of emotion is to “double down.”

Or, to make a compounding mistake and think that the Republican Party’s primary media platform, Fox News represents the working person. Did you know that, “Since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, the top one percent of Americans have seen their incomes increase by 275 percent. After accounting for inflation, the typical hourly wage for a worker has increased just $1.23.” — Bill Moyers.

Mix in factory “outsourcing,” education channeling, robotics, Boomers hating diversity while being mostly dependent on entitlements and desperate to retire, increasing international competition, aging infrastructure, increasing large weather disasters and very little reinvestment by the 2 Percent (GWB’s tax relief was a non-starter), and what do you get? A very slow economic recovery crammed with national challenges. But, not to worry: Those are just facts, not Fox hyperbole and those stalwart Tea Party souls in Congress will solve all our problems.

Dave Blake

This story was posted on January 17, 2013.