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Ignorance Begets Ignorance in Journalism

“I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not a reader. I don’t like to read long books. I like to read news. So I couldn’t tell you that there was a book that I read that changed my life. More so, I love to read news and I love to read commentary and I love to watch TV. I love to watch news. I’m a watcher and I’m a writer. A reader in the sense that I like to read news but I have a very short attention span, so sitting down with a book is very difficult for me.” — Tomi Lahren.[1]

The one thing… the only thing I like about Tomi Lahren is that, unlike the vast majority of people who hold to such boisterous opinions on politics and economics, at least she openly admits to her own ignorance and lack of study. She brazenly stated that she doesn’t like to read and that she doesn’t make it a point to do so.

I find this to be a problem with most people; and sadly most people are able to cast votes for decisions that personally affect myself and others. And typically such decisions are built more so on emotion than on reason. Tomi is no less of a sensationalistic harlequin than Trevor Noah from The Daily Show, but at least she’s honest about her own lack of knowledge. However, both do their jobs because a large audience takes their nonsense seriously.

This is ignorance begetting ignorance… Tomi Lahren’s lack of sufficient knowledge is characteristic of the skill that is required for today’s journalism. No person, especially journalists, should read the news to become intellectually informed. You read news to be apprised of current events and to be exposed to another original opinion that is hopefully built on some sort of meaningful rationale. Tomi admits to having no original thoughts; no legitimate rationale for her commentary. She’s the poster child of modern journalism; the regurgitation of clamoring willful ignorance.

[1] http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/23/tomi-lahren-on-conservatism-her-support-for-trump-and-her-influences/

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