After a yellow-journalism smear campaign executed by the Chicago Tribune and National Catholic Reporter against a renowned, venerable institution, the Washington Post joins in--with one reporter common to two of the outlets. Curious.
Some future scholars will conclude that the American tragedy merely reflected a routine case of the evolution, decline, and fall of nations, i.e., how extreme affluence begets terminal weakness in the ending throes of a national life-cycle. Yet it truly appears that it need not have happened to America. The tragic flaw would seem to have been the decline of education.