Understanding the Media, Part 438

UNDERSTANDING THE MEDIA, PART 438….According to an anonymous but well-connected source here at Netroots Nation, the First Law of Foreign Policy Punditry states that the less you know about a region, the more dangerous it must be. Thus, when a foreign policy expert knows nothing about a region, it automatically becomes elevated to the gravest national security threat we face as a nation. Unfortunately, this sounds oddly plausible.

UPDATE: In comments, Howard suggests that the inverse of this statement is also true: “When a pundit says that a region represents the gravest national security threat we face as a nation, we are safe to assume it’s because that pundit is likely ignorant of that region.” As a matter of pure Boolean logic that doesn’t necessarily follow, but it sounds oddly plausible too, doesn’t it?

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