So maybe it's not just talk radio providing misinformation about certain national issues and creating a firestorm of uneducated debates. Maybe a certain number of our peers just aren't, well ... very bright.
Take this new poll of North Carolina voters, conducted by Public Policy Polling, for example.
The poll showed that a not-very-surprising 26 percent of likely voters in the state do not think President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. No big deal, as a similar poll done a week earlier in Virginia showed that 24 percent in the Commonwealth didn't think he was.
Political coverage from NBC4.
But what was even more surprising is a question the pollsters threw in about Obama's home state.
Remarkably, 5 percent of those polled said they didn't think Hawaii was part of the United States. Another 3 percent weren't sure.
Seriously? We haven't been this stunned since we learned there was a New Mexico.
Come on people, get your acts together and at least make it look like the U.S. has some gas left in the tank.