It’s a common observation amongst the liberal blogosphere that the media in the U.S. doesn’t do a terribly good job, and dumbs down things excessively.
So I’m watching 60 Minutes tonight, and they have a segment about New York City’s fight to require chain restaurants (particularly fast food) to put the calories of each item explicitly on the menu, so diners know exactly how much they’re getting. Personally, I find that very reasonable. After some discussion about how many fast food chains are fighting this requirement, they turn to Subway, which is voluntarily adding the calories to the menu. BUT, the reporter says, the numbers only reflect the calories of a six-inch sub. If I want to know the calories intake for a foot-long sub, and I quote, “I’d have to double the number — in my head!”
The reporter was apparently speaking seriously and sincerely. I laughed for a good minute, until I started to cough.