O’Reilly Laments the Rise of a Politically ‘Ignorant’ America, Blames the Internet

Bill O’Reilly opened his show Monday night lamenting the ignorance of modern Americans and how it’s come hand-in-hand with a rise in how self-interested people are. O’Reilly pointed the finger of blame at technology and people’s addictions to their gadgets for how tuned out and turned off they’ve become to the world around them.

He cited a finding of a thousand Americans who took a U.S. citizenship test that found a fair amount could not name the current Vice President, define the Bill of Rights, say who the U.S. fought in World War II, and identify the U.S. as having a capitalistic system. The verdict: “that’s a disaster.”

O’Reilly mainly blamed the public school system, but had a few choice words for the technology that’s so popular with the young people these days. He said, “The internet has created a generation of self-absorbed, addicted, distracted, and ignorant people… You can now create your own world on the net devoid of reality.”

O’Reilly boasted that the people watching him on TV are “most likely not in the ignorant category,” but lamented that the number of people who watch cable news or read newspapers are a clear minority.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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