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(CNN)   CNN publishes editorial saying Americans are too dumb. Let's focus on the important parts of that. CNN. Thinks Americans. Are dumb. Yes, that CNN   (cnn.com) divider line 181
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2013-10-14 10:31:17 AM  
Instead of stating that Americans are dumb, they should simply recognize that fact and try to capitalize on it....you know, like Fox News.
 
2013-10-14 10:52:33 AM  
he's right.
 
2013-10-14 11:22:34 AM  

FlashHarry: he's right.


Agreed.... when Jimmy Kimmel is going on the streets and "tricking" people into picking which between "Obamacare" and "The Affordable Care Act", it isn't something to just "laugh" at, as this article also states (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-horsey-obamacare -2 0131008,0,6137479.story ).... "Mr. Kimmel's stunt illustrates a problem at the core of the argument over health care and most other contentious issues in this country: Huge numbers of voters are simply ignorant. "
 
2013-10-14 11:31:37 AM  
People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.
 
2013-10-14 11:41:06 AM  
Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.
 
2013-10-14 11:42:15 AM  
Potatoe.
 
2013-10-14 11:42:21 AM  
Well they would be onto something if not for a very large and well funded campaign of misinformation designed to produce these exact results.
 
2013-10-14 11:43:37 AM  
s2.buzzfeed.com

And here are the thoughts of the typical Obama supporters:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoseyTAPBjM">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=IoseyTAPBjM
 
2013-10-14 11:44:21 AM  
I thought it was a pretty good article subby, well written too.
 
2013-10-14 11:44:38 AM  
Widespread ignorance has been a standard part of civilization since its inception.  The population cannot be held at fault for the lack of ability and talent of those who volunteer for the responsibility of governing and leading the nation.  If you're in a position of power and do not realize the nature of the that which you control then it's your fault.
 
2013-10-14 11:45:20 AM  
CNN as well as other corporate media. Their bread n' butter is ratcheting up conflict regardless of risk of being disingenuous ("Sir, I'm just asking a question") and scraping the barrell for ratings crumbs. And why not? Their audience is a bunch of dullard junior high kids cheering on two other dullards fighting in the parking lot.

At least until the next pretty blonde co-ed goes missing, of course.
 
2013-10-14 11:45:32 AM  

UberDave: Instead of stating that Americans are dumb, they should simply recognize that fact and try to capitalize on it....you know, like Fox News.


And DFL, GOP, RCC,

The list of panderers is kinda long.

/is any warm body a better sycophant that an educated one?
//rhetorical
 
2013-10-14 11:45:50 AM  

b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.


I've always preferred being right to being liked, which explains my low friend count. But damn if being right all the time isn't the most awesome thing ever.
 
2013-10-14 11:46:07 AM  
Dammit, Nemo's Brother beat me to the pic.
 
2013-10-14 11:46:14 AM  
I am so glad the Department of Education and Teachers Unions remain. Clearly, they are doing a great job.
 
2013-10-14 11:46:20 AM  
article to many words
 
2013-10-14 11:46:34 AM  

Cletus C.: Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.


He died in 2012...RIP

i83.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-14 11:47:05 AM  
I only have one question:

Is Anna Nicole Smith still dead, Wolf?
 
2013-10-14 11:47:13 AM  

b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.


I recently was overwhelmed with derp and purged my facebook "friends."
I now have exactly one friend left on there, someone who genuinely was a friend way back when.

People aren't as stupid as the media thinks.
 
2013-10-14 11:47:34 AM  
Ugh.  Well, at least I'm glad that he established that it was silly for Ted Cruz and Harry Reid to cite Dr. Seuss.  The article is good to criticize the US for its abandonment of education.  On the other hand, it's really stupid for it to try to make any political arguments in that context, because CNN is a severe offender in the "stupid, uninformative, irresponsible news" department.
 
2013-10-14 11:47:51 AM  
Well.... They're not NOT right.

Something something broken clock something something.
 
2013-10-14 11:48:53 AM  
The problem isn't that too many Americans are dumb.  The real problem is that the Dumb Americans don't believe that they're really dumb.
 
2013-10-14 11:49:12 AM  

b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.


Problem with playing stupid is that there is no Truth. No Justice. No American Way.

TRUTH
JUSTICE
THE AMERICAN WAY

remember those?

/never go pretend retard
 
2013-10-14 11:49:24 AM  
Also, I agree that lack of basic education is a big problem in America.  But I think that an even worse problem is the fact that networks like CNN do not seem to think they have any obligation to inform the public.  Even this article is like "americans are stupid, according to this report, and that's a problem."  ok - how do we fix that?  Oh wait, that would require CNN wading into substantive political discourse? oh, nevermind, then.
 
2013-10-14 11:51:05 AM  

b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.


And that's another problem.

Saying stupid shiat is socially acceptable.

Correcting stupid shiat is not.
 
2013-10-14 11:51:18 AM  
Anti-intellectualism seems to be on the upswing in America.  Its kind of hard to deal with somebody who is not only stupid, but is proud of the fact that they are stupid.
 
2013-10-14 11:51:18 AM  
Aaaaaaaand?
 
2013-10-14 11:51:22 AM  

Let's focus on the important parts of that. CNN. Thinks Americans. Are dumb. Yes, that CNN


Could be worse: it could have been USA Today.
 
2013-10-14 11:51:40 AM  

dletter: FlashHarry: he's right.

Agreed.... when Jimmy Kimmel is going on the streets and "tricking" people into picking which between "Obamacare" and "The Affordable Care Act", it isn't something to just "laugh" at, as this article also states (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-horsey-obamacare -2 0131008,0,6137479.story ).... "Mr. Kimmel's stunt illustrates a problem at the core of the argument over health care and most other contentious issues in this country: Huge numbers of voters are simply ignorant. "


I think the fact that Jimmy Kimmel has a television show, which presumably someone is watching, is more than ample proof that Americans are ignorant.
 
2013-10-14 11:52:18 AM  
Someone was doing the research while reading the CNN comment boards....

Whole lot of derp going on there.
 
2013-10-14 11:52:23 AM  
All true Amuricans know their intelligence is above average.
 
2013-10-14 11:52:29 AM  
So CNN agrees with Ted Nugent?
 
2013-10-14 11:52:36 AM  

Katolu: Cletus C.: Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.

He died in 2012...RIP


i261.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-14 11:54:08 AM  

had98c: b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.

I've always preferred being right to being liked, which explains my low friend count. But damn if being right all the time isn't the most awesome thing ever.


Yup. Right up until the torch-n-pitchfork brigade shows up.


Was never so nervous about that actually happening until the McPain/Failin campaign put a blah man in the white house. Such screaming. It never lets up, and the violent rhetoric keeps getting more Aztec/Moche.
 
2013-10-14 11:54:21 AM  

LessO2: Katolu: Cletus C.: Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.

He died in 2012...RIP

[i261.photobucket.com image 320x240]


Funnied
 
2013-10-14 11:54:23 AM  
No wai! America iz teh smart!

blogilates.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com
 
2013-10-14 11:54:28 AM  
Americans ARE stupid and they're getting stupider and they're proud of it. The average European knows more about American politics then Americans do.

The only time you see much intellect displayed here, it gets dismissed as liberal clap trap.
 
2013-10-14 11:54:46 AM  
BTW, if the media did not endorse and support fear mongering and derpifying, we would not have this problem.
Reporters know better than to repeat chit from politicians. They could call them out instead of just reinforcing the stupid and the profiteering.
But, Nnooo! Just act as a brain dead pretend stupid billboard.

NEVER go pretend stupid.
 
2013-10-14 11:55:27 AM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2013-10-14 11:55:37 AM  
I've been in a position to help release several major products in a nationwide release. I've been told bluntly, by top marketing professionals who have a financial interest in knowing their audience acutely, that the American populace is among the least sophisticated, least intelligent of the major industrial nations.

Advertising campaigns that work effectively internationally must be dumbed down for America, because when tested, Americans are just too thick-skulled to understand them.

It's sad and depressing, but not all that surprising. There are large swaths of America filled with folks who, quite plainly, just aren't all that bright. Does anyone really expect them to be well informed on the intricacies of legislative procedure and policy?
 
2013-10-14 11:57:49 AM  

SwiftFox: All true Amuricans know their intelligence is above average.


Only in Lake Wobegon.
 
2013-10-14 11:59:18 AM  
CNN.  Fox News' brother from a different mother.  They get together for a make-out session behind the barn their families share.

Two news sources tied for first place in being the last news sources I'd ever look at.
 
2013-10-14 11:59:58 AM  

Katolu: LessO2: Katolu: Cletus C.: Both sides are dumb, so vote Camacho.

He died in 2012...RIP

[i261.photobucket.com image 320x240]

Funnied


Good candidate then. Unlikely to go Warifying for Peace.
 
2013-10-14 12:00:29 PM  

had98c: b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.

I've always preferred being right to being liked, which explains my low friend count. But damn if being right all the time isn't the most awesome thing ever.


So much this. I don't want to be friends with stupid people.
 
2013-10-14 12:02:01 PM  
Americans are ignorant, not dumb, IMHO. Dumb implies that one is not capable of learning much. Ignorance, OTOH, is a voluntary state. All the tools and all the information are available to any American who wants it. Easily accessible and readily available. But we are too lazy to take advantage of that. We are too busy watching Honey Boo-Boo to be bothered with all that complicated book learning....makes me more ashamed every day of my countrymen. I see it every day in the healthcare industry: people who are so ignorant, despite being at least semi-literate, that they are unable to care for themselves! Not just in health matters; it shows in every part of their lives that they just don't make an effort to learn how to do something--anything; they drift along through life letting things happen because it is too much work to bother to change it.

Ignorant and intellectually lazy.
 
2013-10-14 12:02:26 PM  
He thinks he is Elvis Mitchell.
 
2013-10-14 12:02:47 PM  

Corn_Fed: I've been in a position to help release several major products in a nationwide release. I've been told bluntly, by top marketing professionals who have a financial interest in knowing their audience acutely, that the American populace is among the least sophisticated, least intelligent of the major industrial nations.

Advertising campaigns that work effectively internationally must be dumbed down for America, because when tested, Americans are just too thick-skulled to understand them.

It's sad and depressing, but not all that surprising. There are large swaths of America filled with folks who, quite plainly, just aren't all that bright. Does anyone really expect them to be well informed on the intricacies of legislative procedure and policy?


Obviously.
Check out the humor, story line and plot in foreign ads.
USA, you get snappy music, blipverts and 2 second edits.
 
2013-10-14 12:04:42 PM  

Deedeemarz: Americans are ignorant, not dumb, IMHO. Dumb implies that one is not capable of learning much. Ignorance, OTOH, is a voluntary state. All the tools and all the information are available to any American who wants it. Easily accessible and readily available. But we are too lazy to take advantage of that. We are too busy watching Honey Boo-Boo to be bothered with all that complicated book learning....makes me more ashamed every day of my countrymen. I see it every day in the healthcare industry: people who are so ignorant, despite being at least semi-literate, that they are unable to care for themselves! Not just in health matters; it shows in every part of their lives that they just don't make an effort to learn how to do something--anything; they drift along through life letting things happen because it is too much work to bother to change it.

Ignorant and intellectually lazy.


Back in the day, we called that barefoot and pregnant.
Did not know it was the base of political parties.
 
2013-10-14 12:04:44 PM  

stuffy: [ts1.mm.bing.net image 289x183]


durbnpoisn.comli.com
 
2013-10-14 12:04:53 PM  

impaler: b2theory: People in general are pretty ignorant. It amazes me that society is as cohesive as it is.

Then again, I have stopped trying to correct people or challenge their worldviews. I have decided that being right (generally in the area of scientifically knowable things) is not as important as having friends.

And that's another problem.

Saying stupid shiat is socially acceptable.

Correcting stupid shiat is not.


And CNN certainly f--king knows that.
 
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