The authority figures seem keen on following the general idea in "Confederacy of Dunces"; when facing a decision, make the worst possible choice.
flagamuffin - You recently asked "why would anyone on Hubski bother with mainstream media? (my paraphrasing, sorry)". A few days ago, during the riots, I snuck in about 20 minutes of Fox News, because I don't have TV at home, just when I'm in a hotel. It's like the new Simon Pegg style of cinema, a horror/comedy juxtapose. Only this time, the horror part is real and quickly overtakes the comedic aspect of their ignorance. I overdosed, and have since spent about 20 more minutes telling racist commenters on Boulder's YikYak network to go fuck themselves. So to answer your question; I have no idea, but I did manage to waste your time with this paragraph.