Why Does The U.S. Have So Many Irrational, Bigots Like Alex Jones On Their Television Networks?

I've been watching television networks in Australia for decades now and it keeps on amazing me that the United States has a massive number of characters on their airwaves that essentially, wouldn't get employment in Australian television or if they did, they would get ignored.

Maybe U.S. television is driven by controversy, so the more controversial their presenters are, they more funding they manage to acquire.

Which seems counter-productive for a nation that appears to be trying to encourage rational thinking in order to climb back to the top of the national intelligence category, where the U.S. ranked around 27th the last listing I viewed, where all the more secular (greater average rationality) nations were above the U.S. and China was first.

Nearly every time I go to view highlights from U.S. television, there seems to be some confrontational , narcissistic bigot as the presenter, male and female.

One very pretty female presenter came across as dumber than my wheat biscuits I was consuming at the time.

We rarely, if ever have presenters with such low intellect presenting the news or conducting interviews, our interviewers on average are very well researched and come across highly intelligent.

Could this be that the US has so many channels that the competition is not about attracting intelligent viewers, but more about filling gaps with anything that seems exciting, whether it is intelligent or not.

We get some of the U.S. rot in Australia, with Christian Evangelical programs on some free to air channels, though these are usually only presented on Sundays, where I don't really watch any television.

Though I've seen them occasionally at others homes, and these are the only times I witness idiotic, narcissistic television bigots on Australian television.

I think the constant array of bigots and distorted information being pushed into U.S. homes from such idiots as Alex Jones, who loves pushing irrational conspiracy theories, cannot ever be good for a nations psych.  Such idiots appear to have a large following, which also makes the U.S. appear so very dumb.

No wonder it is listed so low in the National Average Intelligence index.

I see this as a major problem with the U.S. society, it is one thing to have freedom of speech, but there should be some control over the kinds of information being fed to the public as truth.

We in Australia don't allow Creationism into the science classes, because of the irrelevance and errancy of the information, interferes with the students ability to properly understand science.

I believe that for the same reason, there should be a ban on irrational nonsense and conspiracy theories being touted by television networks as truth, as it interferes with people's ability to truly understand and interpret their society and understand reality.

Either they take control of the kinds of junk that can be pushed onto the public as truth or they force a national education scheme that asserts rational, critical thinking as the major priority, so people are better at filtering and interpreting fiction from fact.

The latter is a far better approach.

It would also go a long way towards lifting the U.S. out of the National Average Intelligence hole it has dug itself into.

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2015 at 6:44am

Thanks Jay H, great comment.

The word "Sacred" is an irrational stonewall to keep rational considerations out.

Every culture has practised this deception, even the Australian natives have a lot of sacred business that are just there for deceiving others into thinking these are special and that they cannot be questioned.

Hate it when groups pander to such nonsense.

The term Sacred is simply Fallacious.

It's a Special Pleading Fallacy.

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on March 11, 2015 at 6:38am

My posts are mostly for those browsing for Alex Jones and especially his supporters to discover.

I really don't give two farts about whether I'm making any real points, just attacking for the sake of attacking to give some a look at another way of looking at the likes of Alex Jones.

So long as I feel I'm stirring up somebody viewing my rants, I'm happy.

It's just to settle the old troll in moi.

Since they have blocked me from trolling their forums etc...

I'm still putting attacks out there for them to find.

Just having a little self indulgence.

We all need to occasionally.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2015 at 10:49am

Jay H, I enjoyed the (new to me) ideas about secular 'sacred' places.  Thanks.

Comment by jay H on March 8, 2015 at 7:40pm

Michael Penn: For an insight into how American TV is today remember that creationists thought they should have "equal time" after "Cosmos" aired

Interesting because the "equal time" was originally mandated for a while by the FCC as a liberal concept (probably because liberals felt they were under-represented), and all sorts of wingnuts got exposure (some quite laughable). It was in the Reagan era that this silliness ended. I guess whoever feels they don't get enough exposure tries to scream 'equal time' (Side point, don't forget  Cosmos was aired by Fox)

Bertold Brautigan quotes: The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas -- uncertainty, progress, change -- into crimes.

Quoted by Bertold "The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas -- uncertainty, progress, change -- into crimes."

The concept of sacred (and horror when the sacred is defiled) varies in detail, but exists in virtually all human cultures. It's an innate human drive, even in secular humans. Just the definition is different. When people want to set aside areas untouched by humans, where humans can virtually never visit, that is a 'sacred' concept. There is no rational argument to exclude humans from these places (certainly humans and wildlife can inter exist). When people feel visceral horror at a pedophile looking at pictures of children, even though no children were actually molested, this is a violation of sacred. When people are inclined to classify even the mildest form of racial or sexual preference as 'bigotry' even when it does not interfere with anyone else's rights, that is a violation of 'sacred'.

Jonathan Haidt does quite an interesting  cross cultural analysis of this. All of us, all of us with a conscience, have a sense of sacred. It's just not always magical. But it's part of being human.

Comment by Michael Penn on March 5, 2015 at 8:08pm

I agree with you totally. For an insight into how American TV is today remember that creationists thought they should have "equal time" after "Cosmos" aired with host Neal Degrasse Tyson. I don't listen most of these morons and would have laughed them right out of the studio. Same thing for O'Reilly, Hannity, Jones et al.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 5, 2015 at 10:44am

From www.metaphorology.com

Ideas are diseases specific to humans, who seem to have no natural immunity to them. Once infected, a person becomes a carrier, and spreads the disease upon opening his mouth, picking up a pen or turning on a computer. The only defense is to counteract them with other ideas, and like drugs with nasty side effects, we find that sometimes the cure is worse than the original sickness.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 5, 2015 at 10:30am

Critical thinking skills are high on the hitlist of things extreme religionists do not want their children exposed to, because they fervently believe children should be taught what to think, not how to think.

Intelligence is practically a deficit for a politician in the US these days. As Salman Rushdie said, The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas -- uncertainty, progress, change -- into crimes.

Mainly because of the relentless propagandizing of Republicans and the blithering incompetence of Democrats, our political system at the national and state levels has for the most part been reduced to a worn-out circus act.

Merchants of doubt have completely compromised rational discourse on most topics of import. Great profits are generated  by maintaining a general level of confusion and ignorance.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2015 at 9:05am

Well, there remains the business of "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..."  That by itself pretty well opens up the floodgates, though the real opportunity came with the advent of cable and the proverbial "500 channels and nothing's on."  Rather obviously, the big offender in the midst of all this is Fox, whose putative "news" division, established by Rupert Murdoch's lackey, Roger Ailes, acts as little more than an echo chamber for right-wing Republicans, Tea-baggers, and other delusional idiots who would rather hear their own warped opinions read back to them than an inconvenient truth.

From this genesis has come everything from Sean Hannity to Bill O'Reilly to Alex Jones, whom you mentioned.  These people and others like them deal in "narrow-casting," speaking to a very specific niche audience.  Robert Greenwald has done a thorough dissection of this mess with his documentary, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdock's War on Journalism.  It is available on YouTube and I recommend it highly

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