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Sherry Knepper guessmyneeds at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 26 02:48:19 UTC 2021

Also strange in politics is tons of people standing along a street, parade-style waiting for JFK to join Trump.

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  On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 12:32 PM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat<extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:   Most of us deplore the extreme right and left news sources, blaming them for much of what is wrong with America.
But how much influence do they really have?  Fox leads in number of viewers with 4 million out of about 80 million homes that receive Fox.
Is that really a lot of influence?
The riots and so forth are startling, important events.  They make a lot of news.  But it would seem that the number of people involved in them is truly a tiny portion of Americans.
Perhaps polls tell us more about us than national news.  I read them and what seems to be the case is that prominent pols don't seem to care about the issues that are most important according to the polls.  And they don't care about their ratings, which are extremely low.
Back in the days of the Nixon campaigns everyone wanted to claim that the 'silent majority' was on their side.  It appears now that few big pols are supported by the silent majority.  And there's this:  just how important are the people at the top of the heap?  In our everyday lives, not on the media.  
How can this be?  They are getting away with ignoring the wishes of their constituencies.
It is just too easy for the news media to play on the cognitive errors of their viewers, who think that what they see and hear is what is happening with everyone, not the just tiny part of America portrayed on Fox etc.  
Truly a strange time in politics.
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