This morning I was listening to the “news” on the radio. It was one of the regular corporate news stations. The two local anchors were interviewing a reporter from the Los Angeles Times about the upcoming Iranian elections. While discussing the possibility that Ahmadinejad might actually lose, one of the local anchors wondered if it might not be better if Ahmadinejad won the election since that might make it easier to create an international force against Iran. It was treated as a serious question.
I used to know an American who spoke Russian and had spent time in the Soviet Union. He told me that one big difference between the US and the USSR was that most Russians knew they were being propagandized, but few Americans realized that they were being propagandized, too.