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Donna Brazile: Let's Get Rid Of The Pundits!
First Posted: 05-10-10 01:48 PM Updated: 05-10-10 02:28 PM
The Washington Post apparently asked various luminaries to name one thing the world should just get rid of (sadly, none said "jeggings") and Donna Brazile offered a suggestion that would afford her considerably more free time: let's get rid of the pundits!
If a single move could restore civility to politics, that is it. Get rid of the left-vs.-right commentators who are just out scoring points for their team. This sort of opinion-mongering is not only boring and predictable, it is destructive of the truth. If your only credentials are "GOP shill" or "Democratic hack," you've no business cluttering up the airwaves or the op-ed pages. My momma always told me that if you don't know what you're talking about, it's best to keep your mouth shut. That's good advice.
Whom do we put in their place? I say replace the pundits with people who have genuine expertise -- whether from their academic work, professional life or personal experience -- on the key issues of the day. Instead of partisan talking heads or mad hatters from the "tea party" preaching their views on, say, health care and taxes, let's hear from doctors and insurance professionals, or the number-crunchers from the Congressional Budget Office. They're much better equipped to help viewers, listeners and readers wade through the facts, arguments and data.
I suppose that if this were to come to pass, the world would be a more pleasant place in which to live, and cable news shows would have a lot more time to cover more substantive things. Over at TAPPED, Paul Waldman suggests something less extreme:
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