It has become increasingly clear that great swaths of the public are deliberately misled rather than informed. Led by political deluders and poseurs calling themselves journalists they cling to long-held, preconceived ‘facts’ and resist anything that intrudes on their certitude about everything from health care to national security.

Sometimes it seems that callers to programs encouraging listener participation are reading from hastily scrawled notes that parrot a Beck or Limbaugh screed. If the subject is the economy President Obama is accused of turning the country into a socialist training ground. If it’s about health reform Republicans assert that medical attention is available to all because anyone can be treated at an emergency room, where procedures undertaken could never be confused with actual health care.

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