This blog has been in business for five years and a few days. I remembered at the beginning of the month that the anniversary was coming up, then it skipped my mind. Sorry, blog. I used to, by the way, hate to call it a blog.
The core idea of this blog has always remained a very simple one: apply the lessons of the most rudimentary skills (such as I have) in critical thinking to the big millionaire pundits and see what happens. I think in five years of doing this, I can say with confidence that George Will, for example, does not make the occasional forgivable error in argument, but rather engages in a systematic and morally despicable kind of activity, that is to say, sophistry. The same goes for the other frequent offenders–see the archives for them.
Sophistry, I think, is a very bad thing. Too many well educated people simply cannot distinguish good arguments from bad ones. They either don't have sufficient factual expertise or they simply don't know what makes a good argument.
For a discussion of one such person, see here.