My father is probably one of these people and blames education on my and my brother's political beliefs. Two engineering degrees and I never had a single professor mention politics. All that math and critical thinking must have made us liberal.
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." - Cicero, 42 B.C.
It's sad that this is news... the term fourth estate has been around for a long time I'd imagine. [goes to check Wikipedia - holy shit, it's been in use since 1787!] I find the WaPo's slogan captures it neatly, and is particularly sagacious: "Democracy Dies in Darkness"
I find it horrifying that WaPo's story on the "Afghanistan papers" appears to be getting no traction. What should be pulitzer winning, absolute fucking bomb shell of a story will disappear just like the Panama Papers story.