The whole field of “professional journalists” have shown us all that they think far more highly of themselves than we certainly do. And they don’t stop showing us, either (emphasis mine):
Brand new CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell on Thursday continued to announce just how pleased she is with herself and fellow journalists. Days after ending her inaugural broadcast vowing to fight “ignorance,”O’Donnell appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and hailed how people in her profession “make democracy work.”
Talking to Colbert, she gushed over Walter Cronkite: “I have been reading Walter Cronkite’s biography. He held the post for more than 20 years, was known as the most trusted man in America, the most trusted voice.” O’Donnell quoted approvingly, “One of the things he said is, ‘Journalism is what we need to make democracy work.’ And I so firmly believe that in my bones about having an informed electorate and also having a trusted news source.”
Well, it is because you aren’t a trusted news source that we don’t have an informed electorate. But no, we don’t have a democracy just because we have journalists. And in saying that, you prove the general IQ of what America really is; we’re not a democracy, we’re a Constitutional Republic with a representative form of governance. Our Founders feared a direct democracy and the fact that she can’t even get this small (but REALLY important) piece right is not only an indictment of her own bona fides to hold that position but her profession as well (who mostly also refer to the US as just a “democracy”). Democrat with bylines, as Glen Reynolds has noted.
And Cronkite was a flaming liberal like yourself just hid it a bit better. And like you, he opined on things one which he had no credibility – like his outburst in Viet Nam that the war was lost.