One of the many problems with today's media organizations is that they are utterly unsuited to provide adequate reportage. Partly this is because sensationalism always sells better than cool factual reporting; partly it's because journalists aren't very bright and aren't actually very well informed. Cotton's piece should have been published only after insertion of factual corrections and statements indicating where opinion was substituting for empirical evidence. But no news organization believes its audience has the intellectual capacity to deal with such content; hence everything is either up or down, one or zero, black or white. If there was a larger audience for reality-based reporting, things could change. The hard truth is that the vast majority of people embrace dumbed-down content and spurn anything more sophisticated. Which is why we live in a world of Brexit, Trump, Modi, et al.