America has become a country filled with people who stubbornly continue to believe what they want to believe, regardless of the facts.
Take the so-called birthers, who refuse to accept that President Obama is an American citizen, despite ample evidence showing that he is.
Or those who embrace the notion that the health care legislation working its way through Congress would establish "death panels" that would "pull the plug on grandma," even though it clearly wouldn't.
It's the job of journalists to sort out such contretemps, to determine where the truth lies. But what do you do when a significant portion of the electorate ignores the findings?