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There are very few people who have the wherewithal to ask good questions. This includes the people you’d think should be good at it—reporters and the like.

College professors sometimes ask good questions, but often in the context of a classroom, and these can take on the air of mere attempts at sounding smart and eliciting a response that has no real-world resonance—more intellectual exercise than anything of consequence.

When a reporter does ask a legitimately probing question, a politician can just sidestep, anyway. Most of them are pretty good at that. It’s a dance, I guess—reporters always looking for the scoop and a feather in their cap, and politicians wary of such intent. It could make one wonder about the place honesty holds in our discussions and conversations.

There may be times we ordinary citizens can’t handle the truth.  But that rings kind of hollow.

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