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George Stephanopoulos' Ann Coulter Problem

Michael Keegan | Posted 11.26.2012 | Media
Michael Keegan

George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC's This Week, appears to have forgotten the difference between provocative discussion and straight-up trolling.

Appalachia by Any Other Name

Ed Hooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

"Appalachia" is no longer the heritage-derived place name coined by European explorers or the designation famed author Washington Irving once suggested as a replacement for North America. The word now represents systemic failure and poverty in the national lexicon.

Conventional Thinking

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many have already commented how the national nominating conventions have morphed over time to become nothing more than protracted infomercials for each party. 'Twasn't always thus, however.

Playing the Pundit

John Feffer | Posted 09.30.2012 | Media
John Feffer

Performance is an essential element of punditry. Savvy pundits know what they want to say before the interviewer even utters the first question, and they rehearse their lines accordingly.

Pundits on Parade

Monica Medina | Posted 08.25.2012 | Comedy
Monica Medina

After watching all these pundits talk ad nauseam, I'm ready. I'm ready to take my place at the pundit table. For I've decided I, too, can do this. I can be a pundit and ramble on and on, on just about anything. Go ahead, and try me.

No News Is Bad News

Scott Blakeman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Media
Scott Blakeman

The FCC should require the cable news networks to drop the word "news" from their names. When all you have is a parade of pundits mouthing talking points hour after hour, that's not news. That's entertainment.

WATCH: Stewart Takes Down Pundits

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 04.20.2012 | Comedy

Mitt Romney is probably the candidate most accused of flip-flopping in this election, so it's sort of fitting that the media circuit who spent so much...

The Phony 'Gender Wars'

Rick Newman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Women
Rick Newman

Do families break apart and relationships falter because men are irrelevant and fail to recognize their own obsolescence? Do men and women really tussle over who is dominant economically?

Solving Hilary Rosen's Problem by the Numbers

William Klein | Posted 06.13.2012 | Comedy
William Klein

it's far safer to stop relying on impromptu bon mots and glib opinions and transform cable news shout fests into Dadaist dialogues. I can see it now.

Pausing for Pundits

Tom Silva | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Tom Silva

Whatever one thinks of them, there's little question that these bearers of blood pressure do a very effective job of inflating the deeply contingent nature of reality and making us worry.

24 Of The Dumbest Things Ever Said About Gay People

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

From statements made by right-wing pundits to talk show gaffes by Hollywood celebrities, there never seems to be any shortage of ridiculous things sai...

The War of Words: Are Certain People and Words So Reprehensible Such That They Should Be Ostracized?

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

The recent "reprehensible outburst" -- if that's what it really deserves to be called -- by Rush Limbaugh towards Sandra Fluke has predictably set off...

Dog Days for the Liberal Media Elite

Stephanie Sandberg | Posted 04.29.2012 | Media
Stephanie Sandberg

In Gail Collins' column, the Romneys' dog-on-roof story surfaces every few days now, and it lost its startle effect ages ago.

Why Good Pundits are So Hard to Find

Matt Bieber | Posted 04.14.2012 | Media
Matt Bieber

Sometimes, media outlets aren't interested in nuanced discourse. And even when they are, there's this second challenge of actually being able to do it.

Climate Scientists, Educators, and Why We Avoid Consulting the Experts

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Certain well-heeled entities are very interested in the acquisition of valuable public per-pupil dollars. This might be why the real experts get shut out: they actually know what might be best for students and not someone's bottom line.

Why an Independent Presidential Candidate Can Succeed in 2012

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Andrew S. Doctoroff

Our two-party system is buckling under the weight of its dysfunction. Exhausted by partisan gridlock, Americans are finally ready to embrace a centrist, pragmatic, independent candidate free from the demands of special interests and ideologues.

The War On Christianity

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We often hear the phrase "The War on Christianity" loudly bandied about by politicians, pundits and religious groups. Generally speaking, it's a Conse...

Tweeting the Huntsman Daughters: Social Media #Fail

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 03.13.2012 | Media
Morra Aarons-Mele

Regardless of the high profile their social media use has resulted in, the Huntsman women cannot be blamed for the odd types of scrutiny that have come their way.

Merry Christmas From Colbert: Satire's Special Gift

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 02.22.2012 | TV
Sophia A. McClennen

What is Colbert's greatest gift this holiday season? It's his satire -- and especially his way of using words -- puns, neologisms, wordplay, etc. to encourage his audience to think critically.

'Tis the Season for Poor Political Prognostication

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Depending on what hour you read this, Romney is or is not inevitable, Cain is or is not the flavor of the month and Obama is a goner or is sure to win a second term. To be heard above the din, commentators are making more outrageous predictions -- and more creative excuses to avoid accountability -- than ever.

Prediction and Its Discontents

Robert Teitelman | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Living through the last decade has been one tutorial after another on the failure of prediction, in particularly, but not exclusively, the failure of markets to see around the corner.

What Matters More in Politics: Message or Mechanics?

Colin Delany | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

Regardless of what the pundits say, WE get to make up our own minds. So in politics, which actually matters more -- the messaging or the mechanics? The answer, of course, is "yes."

Please Fire the Pundits!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 07.23.2011 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

A recent study found that a sample of noted pundits had about as much credibility as Nostradamus and said Armageddon. If you flipped a coin, you had about the same chance of predicting future events as most of those so-called experts.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, talk radio pundits, desperate to turn the conversation away from the success of the bin Laden mission, worked themselves into a faux lather over the Obamas inviting Common to appear at a White House poetry night. Thankfully, the Ghost of Sister Souljah Moments Past did not make an appearance at the event. Elsewhere, troubled marriages grabbed the headlines, with news of Arnold and Maria's separation, the Senate Ethics Committee's scathing report on John Ensign's sordid conduct, and thrice-wed Newt Gingrich's announcement that he was running for president. Meanwhile, joke writers all across America rejoiced with word of the extensive collection of porn found at Osama's Abbottabad compound (insert burka double entendre here). On a personal note, my youngest daughter officially says farewell to her teen years today -- Happy 20th birthday, Isabella!

It's Been a Bad Week for GOP Lies About Obama

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

As the last week or two unfolded, I was struck by how several news events absolutely obliterated three of the top lies told by Republicans to try and bring down the president.