We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'll probably get banned for this, but here's what Adolph Hitler wrote about the press. Nothing much has changed:
"It's readers, by and large, can be divided into three groups:
First, into those who believe everything they read; Second, into those who
have ceased to believe anything; Third, into the minds which critically
examine what they read, and judge accordingly.
Numerically, the first group is by far the largest. It consists of the great
mass of the people and consequently represents the simplest-minded part of
the nation. It cannot be listed in terms of professions, but at most in
general degrees of intelligence. To it belong all those who have neither been
borrn nor trained to think independently, and who partly from incapacity and
partly from incompetence believe everything that is set before them in black
and white. To them also belongs the type of lazybones who could perfectly
well think, but from sheer mental laziness seizes gratefully on everything
that someone else has thought, with the modest assumption that the someone
else has exerted himself considerably. Now, with all these types, who
constitute the great masses, the influence of the press will be enormous,
They are not able or willing themselves to examine what is set before them,
and as a result their whole attitude toward all the problems of the day can
be reduced almost exclusively to the outside influence of others...
The second group is much smaller in number. It is partly composed of elements
which previously belonged to the first group, but after long and bitter
disappointments shifted to the opposite and no longer believe anything that
comes before their eyes in all, or without exception fly into a rage over the
contents, since in their opinion they consist only of lies and falsehoods.
These people are very hard to handle, since they are suspicious even in the
face of the truth...
The third group, finally, is by far the smallest; it consists of the minds
with real mental subtlety, whom natural gifts and education have taught to
think independently, who try to form their own judgement of all things, and
who subject everything they read to a thorough examination and further
development of their own. They will not look at a newspaper without always
collaborating in their minds, and the writer has no easy time of it.
Journalists love such readers with the greatest reserve.
For the members of this third group, it must be admitted, the nonsense that
newspaper scribblers can put down is not very dangerous or even very
important. Most of them in the course of their lives have learned to regard
every journalist as a rascal on principle, who tells the truth only once in a
blue moon. Unfortunately, however, the importance of these splendid people
lies only in their intelligence and not in their number -- a misfortune at a
time when wisdom is nothing and the majority is everything! Today, when the
ballot of the masses decides, the chief weight lies with the most numerous
group, and this is the first: the mob of the simple or credulous."
There are other reasons to be a bit more than suspicious about the Buzzfeed article, one of them being that it makes no sense to ask Cohen to lie about something that wasn't illegal (building a hotel in Moscow).
Journalism has been on the decline for a long time. My guess is that baiting media people into airing a story is easy, including by false flag operations. Everyone is looking for the scoop, a fresh angle, drama, followed by traffic. Competence, due diligence, ethics, professional standards are barely considered.