More than that, a gentleman understands current events in depth.
It’s not enough to read the paper every day.
You should be reading political memoirs, non-fiction analysis, and anything you can get your hands on. Try to understand not just the news but the process behind it. Try to understand what is not being said.
“Good taste, I am convinced, can be acquired through environment and education; the eye can be disciplined to differentiate between good and bad by a constant looking process, and any person with a normal IQ can develop good taste. The achievement of superb taste is as difficult as the attainment of perfection in any endeavor.”—Stanley Marcus