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Even before Benghazi, the IRS and the Department of Justice controversies started heating up, the economy had consistently taken a back seat to issues such as immigration and gun control.

“The economy is by far the most important issue for voters,” says Karlyn Bowman, a polling expert at the American Enterprise Institute. “It’s not unusual for Washington preoccupations to be different than those of the public.”

She says that the public is skeptical that Washington can provide economic answers at this point. Politicians themselves seem a little dubious.

Whatever Happened To The Economy? (via npr)

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When I look at how the news is actually covered and presented to the public, it’s really not surprising that everyone has no idea what the hell is going on.

CNN has literally every minute of everyday to put on thoughtful interesting programming that has the chance to inform the American people, same for MSNBC and FOX news. Instead they spend that time desperately trying to prove that they still get it. They are still the “first name in news” that somehow you didn’t just read the same headline on twitter. That somehow they are more valuable than an in depth article on the NY Times.

Yet in their sad desperation to stay relevant they aren’t the saddest part of the TV news business.

MSNBC and FOX don’t report the news from a certain viewpoint. That would be bad enough. They actively attempt to make their viewers fear and loathe the other side.

I don’t care if that’s what the populous might want and if it’s the ticket to short term ratings.

What I care about is living in a country where the citizens aren’t talked down too or worse lied to.

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