I watched a discussion about the Israel-Gaza conflict on MSNBC. There were 4 experts plus the host. Here's the video.
I watched the full 18 minutes and came away knowing nothing -- because the experts all made their points but they were never subjected to scrutiny.
For instance, Eisner pointed out that Israel withdrew from Gaza and the return they got was rocket fire.
Jebreal said that the withdrawl was of no value because Israel retained control of the borders and then imposed the blockade.
If Israel had not retained control of the borders would there have been peace with Gaza?
If Israel relinquished control now would there be peace?
These are the obvious questions that arose from the conversation but no one even tried to give an answer.
Same with the Saudi peace plan. Jebreal claimed that Netanyahu rejected it because he doesn't want peace. Is that true? Was it a good plan? You won't learn much watching this.
Problem: The host never said "Let's look at all the facts around this one claim."
So the listener came away with bits and pieces of information and no understanding.
That's why it's hard to be knowledgeable about any topic. Each expert states her own views with passion and ignores or misrepresents the other.
So, the person who wants to learn something has to hunt down a lot of different experts and try to put their claims together himself.
It's the same with politics and it's same with nutrition. Try and find a good discussion of diet. It's hard because the experts aren't fair.