As a foreign observer of all things "American" I can say that the most annoying and damaging thing is dummying down of any dissenting thought by mainstream media outlets. Pondering to the lowest denominator. Idiotic, formulaic Liberal VS Conservative drivel that I hear everywhere. Equating Socialist ideas with Communism and Dictatorship BS. And last but not least censorship, omitting and distorting of the information that comes from overseas. The extend and sophistication of political propaganda in this country makes Communist propaganda of Cold War era look like child-play.