America - Land of the Dumb-er-er?Submitted by chris47601 on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 15:08
Dr. Carson says Americans are dumber today than in the past. You judge.
... as high as one in three voters are unable to comprehend the very news they depend upon for their voting decisions when forced to read it. Conversely, around 85% of Americans reading at Level 4 or Level 5 voted in the same elections. Unfortunately, they only represent 20% of the population.
Luckily for our dumbed-down Americans, in 1987 Baby Jessica McClure fell down a well, and CNN covered it front to back. Why was that important? It gave the young news station credibility among the masses, and now Americans would start getting their political news from the television rather than print. According to the NCES, around one third of those performing at Level 2 or below got some of their news from print. Among those at Level 4 and above, nearly 60% got their news from print every day. To no one’s surprise, Rush Limbaugh became a radio hit in 1988. Americans were getting lazy. With the explosion of 24 hour television and radio political news, they no longer needed to research candidates; they simply voted for whomever they were told to vote.