This is the problem with the whole swamp. It isn't they they were dumbed down. They are dumb. These people can't do anything useful, but they think they are entitled. So the DC establishment has become a huge conspiracy of over-indulged over-paid incompetents. Look at entrance criteria for the Ivy League these days. It has morphed from the bizarre kid who collected ants and discovered three new species in his neighborhood to people who are "good citizens" as defined by the ruling elite meaning that they will be useful idiots.
Look at the list of Rhodes Scholars, anyone. They are folks who at a young age showed great promise to be the loyal executors for those who run everything.
I haven't seen ONE lefty "journalist" that has impressed me with his intellect. Our side is chock full of them.
There are more brilliant minds on FR than all of media combined.
Think Don Lemon, Rachel Maddow, that Young Turks dude, forget his name, Steven Colbert, Bill Maher, that English bespectacled dork on the other Daily Show or whatever, And countless others.
They are all dumber than a box of dirt and yet they act like they are frickin' Einstein. And the leftards genuflect to them as if they were.
As Q would say.
They are stupid.
Seems like I remember Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar.