“O-Negative” Conspiracy Theories Show Kenyans Can Be As Politically Credulous as Americans

Here is the AP today:  “Kenya’s tribal ‘O’ factor: Obama, Ocampo, Odinga”.  Apparently it is always easier to believe objectively outlandish things about people who are members of different ethnic groups–no big surprise I suppose.

Perhaps the next thing will be to see Donald Trump start expressing interest in the Kenyan presidential race.

In Kenya a lot of the problem is the degree to which news reporting is skewed by the government and other interests, whereas I think in the U.S. it is more a matter of the crowding out and dumbing down of news by the commercial celebrity culture, and the “narrowcasting” problem whereby people get their news from either opinionated sources conforming to their ideological predispositions or from superficial “he said, she said” reporting that provides nothing except the two adversarial arguments of the usual political combatants, irrespective of facts.  It may be that Kenya is on the upswing in this regard whereas here in the U.S. we are on the downswing.

At least no one in Kenya so far as I know believes Obama was born there.

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