Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lie Witless News

Funny, isn't it?

I don't know if this is real (most likely, they're all actors) - or if it is real, how many people they had to interview to get these responses - but it is pretty funny.

One YouTube commenter, BailiffQuimby, says, "I wouldn't necessarily say all these people are stupid. I suspect they are just desperate to sound informed of current events or a little ashamed that they are not."

Yeah, that makes sense to me. If someone with a news camera asks you a question on the street, you don't want to seem ignorant. You might pay no attention to the news, or simply haven't been paying attention lately. Either way, you hate to admit it. But even if it wasn't a scam, followup questions are liable to get you into trouble.

Let's face it, if you're a devout Catholic, you're likely to say that the pope is doing a good job, no matter what. If you're an atheist, like me, you'll likely say he's doing a terrible job, because you know any new pope is likely to follow the policies of the old one (popes appoint the cardinals who choose their successor, so you're unlikely to see big changes).

In either case, admitting your ignorance is probably wise, but not always easy to do. Ah, human nature! Where would comedy be without it?

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