On Morning Joe, Presidential candidate Gary Johnson was asked what his plans would be for Aleppo. His answer was ‘What is Aleppo?’
I did not know the name Aleppo, except that I had heard the name mentioned, briefly - at one time or another, in connection to Syria.
I probably watch three hours of news every day on TV, and yet all I hear about is Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton or the latest shooting. The internet News app on Windows 10 is not better.
Granted, my go to station is MSNBC and occasionally CBS; and, like most of America, I am ignorant of world news – or any news outside of ‘Breaking News’ in the US.
I do have BBC America on my satellite package, but I rarely view it.
My ignorance is my fault for not aggressively seeking world news; but I am probably a-typical for most Americans. I like hearing the slant on the news that I want to hear; and so I am constantly fed dumbed down bull shit disguised as news.
There are wars and conflicts and famine and pestilence all over the world, and that is the usual state of the human race - that is who we are - and most of us are comfortably ignorant of it.
Yet, while Donald Trump gets unlimited air time to spout his ignorance, Dancing with the Stars gets a new cast, Good Morning America cooks the latest hot wings dish and the NFL football season begins – North Korea explodes their fifth nuclear bomb and fires intermediate range missiles into the Sea of Japan, and it is only mentioned in passing on the major news channels.
We had better start paying attention.