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.
Sam L ... You are so right about today's reporters. In all my long life, I have never seen such rampant ignorance among reporters, who are shackled and held back by their silly expectation that they should be automatically respected because of the jobs they hold. I've been writing words for money all my life and back in the day, we expected to have to earn the designation of 'journalist,' which was an honorific reserved for great reporters like Ernie Pyle, and Edward R. Murrow. Until one achieved the expertise and broad knowledge base which these gentlemen had, one had to locate accurate, easily accessed sources and be willing to go to the nearest library and dig for what you needed. Today, it's easier than it ever has been to find information and background, because of the Internet and the tools we have to access it. But we have a crowd of half-educated young folks who are reluctant to spend time to get 'background' facts. So they make "howlers" all the time.
So, if potential interviewees don't want to take the time to educate their interviewers, the interviewers will make a hash of it.