02/12/2007 02:02 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Jimmy the Greek Standard: What Must A Pundit Say to Have His Mic Cut?

I was listening to Al Franken's show late last week, and he replayed an NPR clip of Iraq War cheerleader Bill Kristol on April, 1, 2003 basically saying there was no history in Iraq of sectarian strife/conflict. He said:

BILL KRISTOL: On this issue of the Shia in Iraq, I think there's been a certain amount of, frankly, Terry, a kind of pop sociology in America that, you know, somehow the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular.

The clip begs two questions: What would an Establishment-ordained pundit have to say to lose their Establishment billing as "credible?" And have our standards really sunk below the Jimmy the Greek Standard?

To see the what I mean, check out the whole article over at Working for Change.