It was not just that good institutions were cut adrift. It was that once corporate media discovered that selling hate and lies could be highly profitable, up sprung Fox News and “conservative” talk radio to muddy and poison the body politic for both power and big bucks. I can think of no realistic way that could have been prevented.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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