Can Anybody Explain Why My Mom Can’t Get NBC?

My mother is stupid because she can’t get good news

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Carlos Maria Cipolla studied stupidity. He found that it was common even among the most intelligent people like professors. My mother is well-educated and intelligent, but lately she has been stupid.

When we were discussing the investigations of criminal activity by Trump’s attorney, she said, “Heard about the raid on Trump. It is disturbing in its Gestapo flavor, isn’t it?”

I have access to solid media for a couple of reasons. I live in an urban area. I can afford it. We pay for cable. We have a wide range of stations.

I know the raid was reasonable, because a) search warrants were issued by a judge, b) the Gestapo isn’t polite as Michael Cohen described the FBI, and c} attorney-client privilege is not sacrosanct in the case of criminal activity.

My mother has antenna TV, no cable. Like a lot of poor Americans. She watches news on local TV. Now, for some reason, despite living in the city where the NBC station is broadcast in northeast Iowa, she can’t get it to tune in on her TV.

The only channels she can get on her TV are CBS, which it turns out is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting and Fox and Ion. When I went to visit her it was a conservative media bubble on her TV. There was no access to a “liberal” source of news on her TV. They say NBC is the “liberal” news source, I guess.

I quickly understood why my mother was being stupid. All she was hearing was propaganda. Our local paper is even run by a conservative media corporation. When she went to drink coffee with her friends, they read the paper that was left at the restaurant.

I’ve spent about a month with my mother over the past year for various reasons. I began to understand why some people are being led in a particular direction. I want to know why her media has been taken over by conservatives.

I have repeatedly seeing people like my mom berated for being stupid. I have wanted to throttle both my mother and my brother for quite some time, but I realize they have been exposed to propaganda after seeing something like the Sinclair video.

By the way, CBS is almost all my mother has been watching. I know based on the shows she talks about. I just can’t help but be curious why she can’t tune in NBC when she lives in the city where is it broadcast.

These are Cipolla’s five fundamental laws of stupidity:

Always and inevitably each of us underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

The probability that a given person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic possessed by that person.

A person is stupid if they cause damage to another person or group of people without experiencing personal gain, or even worse causing damage to themselves in the process.

Non-stupid people always underestimate the harmful potential of stupid people; they constantly forget that at any time anywhere, and in any circumstance, dealing with or associating themselves with stupid individuals invariably constitutes a costly error.

A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person there is.

Update: So I have learned that my mother apparently has to buy a whole new antenna to tune in the KWWL NBC Channel. A complete jerk decided to argue semantics with me in the comments and say Sinclair Broadcasting doesn’t own CBS. Fine, it owns the station. It owns KGAN affiliate of CBS out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He then decided that my LIVED experience of being in my mother’s conservative bubble is not something I get to testify to. Eventually, he offered an explanation for why she can’t tune in NBC. It is a UHF channel and her antenna is for VHF. So apparently if you don’t have cable, you need two antennas to get all the basic network channels as a poor person. This, in and of itself, is pathetic. You should not need two TV antennas to get basic TV networks. Just another part of the digital divide.

Chances are I have a migraine. My spirit guides are Voltaire & Bierce. Considering making SJW into a religion. Genealogist

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