And where do we not learn it?
According to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Americans know less about current events than they did two decades ago. Only 69% of Americans could name Dick Cheney as the Vice-President (compared to 74% who could name Dan Quayle in 1989). Only 66% could name the governor of their state (74% in 1989). “In 1989, fully 81 percent of people knew that the United States had a trade deficit; today, only 68 percent knew.”
But here’s one big difference: the survey respondents who seemed to know the most about what’s going on — who were able to identify major public figures, for example — were likely to be viewers of fake news programs like Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”; those who knew the least watched network morning news programs, Fox News or local television news.