Andrew Green and David Frum joined the discussion and added to the discussion that with our 24 hour news cycle's need to fill large amounts of on air time the easiest way to do that is with shows hosting opposing "talking heads" which generate heat but little enlightenment on the issues. Mr Frum had even mentioned that he had proposed that CNN use the 11 am to noon time to educate the viewers on frequently discussed but little understood issue like credit default swaps. His thinking was that the 11 am time slot had so few viewers that it at least could be used to educate on these topics. I have to admit that I have read articles and even one book on this topic and I still don't understand how the default swaps work other than they had a significant role in our financial troubles. Kinda like my attempts to understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Finally I would be remiss as a Board member of the Friends of the Library if I didn't plug the Friends that support events like this one. I encourage everyone to consider joining the Friends of the Library.
From David Greisman at the Columbia Association: