“Gore Vidal had a winning mistrust of elites and understood–and this is the key to why so many cannot tolerate him–that they, especially in the American security and foreign policy apparati, didn’t necessarily mean well and could and did behave evilly.
This is not a message many Americans can handle (as Ron Paul has learned), but one they ought to hear. Combined with that understanding of the malignities of empire was a mistrust of the means most of us learn about and understand the world, the modern media. I have often had occasion to think on Vidal’s comment, “To take at face value any newspaper story is to be dangerously innocent. But one can’t challenge everything that has ever been printed. So, through weariness and ignorance, there is a general consensus, which then becomes what I call an ‘agreed-upon’ fact. We all decide not to worry it.”