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This Video of People Who Think Eric Holder Is an Actor in the 'Fast and Furious' Movies Is Thoroughly Depressing

"I don’t know who Eric Holder is."

It’s a fact of life that so-called “man on the street” videos are generally depressing.

The questions usually seem relatively simple, but the answers are almost always horribly, terribly, soul-crushingly incorrect.

Take, for example, the the following video from Accuracy in Media (AIM) that features questions regarding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s "role in Fast and Furious."

To informed Americans, the question is simple. In fact, you don't even have to believe Holder has a role in the gun-running scandal to answer a question about him.

But what AIM found is stunning (or maybe not):

Yes, most of the respondents in the video don't even know who Holder is, let alone the difference between the "Fast and Furious" movies and the gun-running scandal:

Now, before you click out of this article, a few things need to be pointed out.

First, it’s important to remember that all “man on the street” videos feature only the most “entertaining” (i.e. awful) answers. So it’s unfair to assume the AIM video is indicative of, say, all D.C. residents (or the nation as a whole).

Second, the interviewer in the video has a little fun with her questions. True, most of the people interviewed volunteer terribly, horribly incorrect answers to begin with, but the interviewer does lead a few of them astray with bogus questions/hints.

Lastly, maybe it’s not too surprising that respondents are unfamiliar with Holder’s supposed role in the gun-running scandal. After all, the story itself has received minimum coverage by the mainstream media since its initial exposure.

Still, even with the interviewer having fun with her questions, there’s really no excuse for people not knowing who Eric Holder is.

Again, soul-crushingly depressing.

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