I spent yesterday at my mother's place, helping her clean up, and when we stopped for lunch she started talking about politics. Not that I mind people talking about politics but:
she prefixes most of her comments with "I know you won't agree with me, but..."
if it's on talk back radio she'll believe anything
talk back radio hosts are more intelligent than any politician (I'm prepared to concede that she might have a point there)
she firmly believes that there is no such thing as global warming
any politician who is not from the far right is either an idiot or is a devious person promoting their own hidden agenda
all left wing parties are Communists in disguise
whenever I tried to change the subject she'd bring it back again.
She's so right wing it's ridiculous. I think she would get on well with Fred.
And yes, we did get all the cleaning done.
My whole family's a bit like that. They get all their information about the world through our Australian TV news which is often very bias and not much better than tabloid journalism because they tend to skip important facts for the sake of a sensationalistic story.
Out of the commercial stations I least trust 7, then 9 and last 10. This is because I've caught them out lying many times and even proven how unreliable the news is by pointing out major discrepancies, but they continue to take it all at face value.
One example is three times in as many years we were told Frank Sinatra had died. They got it right the third time. Another time channel 7 said some new law had come into effect, but on the same night channel 10 had an interview with the Prime Minister of the time who announced the proposed
law change. In the end, whatever that law change was, it never did come into effect.
My family think I'm not informed about the world because I don't like to watch our TV news, but us regular internet users get a better cross-section of news. For example, I prefer to get my United Kingdom news from United Kingdom news broadcasters and the same thing for America, instead of our Australianised news where they try to make our country seem better by showing the worst parts of other countries.