The Divided States of America is a current program on CNN that portrays some aspects of our political situation well. However, it minimizes the degree to which propaganda contributes to the problem. It also gets the problem itself wrong. The labeling of our main problem as “polarization” seems to sell well. It’s not the truth.

The main problem is not polarization but corruption — lies, propaganda, criminal behaviors, voter suppression and other kinds of intentional destruction of democracy. The polarization is an effect of the lying and other corruption.

I dislike the “Let’s get all alarmed” sensationalistic music here —…

Julie Hotard


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