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When ignorance is impervious to fact

By Leonard Pitts Jr., Tribune Content Agency on

Michelle Obama is a transvestite? Sure.

The military plans to conquer Texas? Okey-dokey.

Vaccines cause autism? Well, all righty, then.

Hillary Clinton is running a child molestation ring? OK. Out of a pizza joint? Why not?

That's just a sampling of the crazy that has gained purchase in American minds. So while it's fine to engage today's news consumers, I think our long-term salvation lies in their kids, in teaching them the lost art of critical thinking. That should be a priority in our schools. Because the status quo -- facts-free ignorance -- is unsustainable.

Yes, there is always room for improvement in how news media do their jobs. But it is important to understand that the disconnect media face does not stem from failure to report the facts.

Rather, it stems from some people's failure to want them.

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(Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@miamiherald.com.)

 

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