I have friends in California and Oregon who have never heard anything about the Fast and Furious scandal. News media just is not reporting on it. If this was a Republican scandal those involved would already be on trial for aiding in the murder of a Border Patrol agent.
That pretty much sums up the mental apathy of these two states, but I'll bet your friends can name Justin Bieber's latest hit or girlfriend, tell you what their favorite video game is and who Kim Khardashian is doing. There's no excuse to be an ignorant loser when social media and the internet can help anybody with a cell phone, a data plan and a curiosity to find out what's going on in the world. Expecting the old dinosaur media to tell you what's important is not what they are about anymore.