Tag Archives: Punditry

Outrageous, egregious, preposterous

I’ve long maintained that there is a fallacy gap between right and left. ¬†Major right-leaning pundits (Will, Krauthammer, Brooks, and the legions of Am Spec bloggers) far exceed left-leaning pundits (Krugman, E.J.Dionne, and who else is there?) in basic¬†philosophy 101-style … Continue reading

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How to tell when you’re a complete hack

Here's New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait on conservative cheerleader John Podhoretz: The first few weeks after a losing presidential election are an awkward period for the most devoted ideological polemicist. Months of optimistic spin about your candidate must be cast … Continue reading

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What it takes to be a pundit

Outsourcing this week's blogging to Gawker.  Speaking of the value of political punditry, Hamilton Nolan writes: But whereas the sports world, for example, boasts a class of professional commentators that have a legitimate claim to their positions—Jon Gruden can offer more … Continue reading

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The weekender

In a lot ways the pseudo-reasonable ramblings of David Brooks inspired our work here.  It's a pleasure, then, to see our analysis echoed by others: There is no pleasure for the pundit quite like the neat, clear-edged dichotomy. I have felt … Continue reading

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Plato on Sophistry

From the Meno: How could that a mender of old shoes, or patcher up of clothes, who made the shoes or clothes worse than he received them, could not have remained thirty days undetected, and would very soon have starved; … Continue reading

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The power of ideas

David Brooks, conservative columnist and former Bush sycophant, yesterday: [Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party. When I first started in journalism, I worked at the National Review for Bill Buckley. And Buckley famously said he'd rather … Continue reading

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It’s pronounced Nuke-You-Ler

Let's consider this an open thread for debate discussion.   I'd agree with these two that the unwatchable thing for me about the post-debate discussion is the pundits' obsession with what they think people will think.  To do that they … Continue reading

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