I found this mission statement in an article about The Economist:
...a pledge of commitment to the “severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.”
Of course, this is an English publication that deals with economics, but the statement made me think of American journalism and politics. It seems to me that, basically, Democrats seek to be intelligent and Republicans tend to obstruct progress by strengthening ignorance. The contest is being driven by competing news organizations to sow wisdom or stupidity. Only The Daily Show combines both to be entertaining.
I rarely read The Economist--usually on plane, when I will grab anything to keep my mind occupied. After reading the below article (which includes a plausible explanation to why English has become the dominant global language), I will add this title to my daily scan for a few days to see if it can hold my interest.