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Have you ever learned anything from so called news pundits?

Asked by LostInParadise (18328 points ) February 22nd, 2012

For example, in the Republican primary, their views tend to reflect the latest polling data. Since the electorate has been rather volatile, this results in a lot of changed opinions. I can read about the poll results as well as these guys. I have come to the conclusion that it is going to be a long drawn out contest. Get back to me when there is reason to believe otherwise.

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MollyMcGuire's avatar

Sure. There’s always something to learn from commentary. It may simply be that the pundit is a fool, but hey, now you know!

cookieman's avatar

Yes. I have learned not to listen to news pundits.

Their observances are not even as useful film or music reviewers. At least there, you have a chance of getting some experienced wisdom – sometimes. Mostly they’re just spouting half-baked opinions.

News pundits are all about half-baked opinions put forth to help fill up our new 24-hour news cycle. Blah, blah, blah.

tom_g's avatar

Only from Stewart and Colbert.

dabbler's avatar

@MollyMcGuire “pundit is a fool” indeed seems to be the typical experience.
@tom_g I agree you can learn a lot from those two, but note that they aren’t even actual news folks, they’re on ComedyCentral!
So it’s quite a commentary about the state of punditry that a lot of people feel their most reliable news is from the comedy channel.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I suppose I have learned a couple of things:

1) They are wrong in their views around 80% of the time

2) They seem to be unencumbered by knowledge in their answers.

marinelife's avatar

You have discovered the secret. It is a “lot of sound and fury signifying nothing”.

mazingerz88's avatar

I appreciate their opinions and whatever news tidbits they have for as long as I have the time to spend on watching and listening to them, all the while activating my inner skeptical radar.

cheebdragon's avatar

….not much…..though I have noticed that they all seem to be hardcore douche-bags.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I reinforced my belief that I should first examine the methodology of the polls, (I’m a trained methodologist) and then compare and evaluate how other competent individuals interpret the results. I then formulate my own opinion (taking my own biases and attitudes into account).

This is hard work and unless the issue really matters to me and could affect me personally, I just skip it!

tom_g's avatar

For those who watch tv and tv news, do you ever find it strange that you are asking people to read you the news? I can see if someone had a disability, but what value can you get from watching someone on tv read you the news vs. reading it yourself?
“Hmmm…I’d really like to know what’s going on in the world, but I don’t want to have to read about it. I know! I’ll turn on the tv and someone will read the news to me.”

lloydbird's avatar

Yes I have.
From Amy Goodman for one.

Blondesjon's avatar

Yes. I want to start getting paid to spout my bullshit.

cookieman's avatar

—-@Blondesjon: Whoa, whoa…RaR was not bringing in the cabbage?!? My illusions are shot.—

Blondesjon's avatar

your check bounced

tom_g's avatar

@lloydbird – Damn straight! Amy Goodman is incredible.

GracieT's avatar

@lloydbird, my husband and I used to have FreeSpeech TV and Democracy now was carried on FSTV. We were not as vigilant as we needed to be about watching it when we could on our satallite TV, and we don’t have that here. We got spoiled seeing it on a larger tv screen! Both of us really miss it, and catch as much of it as we can on the web

ETpro's avatar

I’ve learned a great deal from news pundits. But one of the first take-away lessons was fact check whatever they say.

cookieman's avatar

@Blondesjon: Well that’s just par for the course.

GracieT's avatar

@ETpro, www.factcheck.org/ is one of my go-to websites! As is www.politico.com/ and www.snopes.com/.

cheebdragon's avatar

Snopes is biased, they lean left.

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