One of the things that I have become quite sick of during this election are alleged pundits and punditry. I am particularly speaking of some of the “pundits” on Fox News and MSNBC.
Many people watch and listen to the perpetual bumping gums every night for news about politics, current events and societal trends. They absorb it into their consciousness and they accept it as facts. They consider their daily dose of Hannity, O’Reilly, Maddow and Sharpton to be insightful and informative.
In reality, they are not pundits. They are not journalists. They don’t contribute to public discussion of issues. They do not provide insight or perspective.
At the end of the day, they are merely entertainers. People don’t listen to Beck to get an unbiased view. No one tunes into Maddow thinking they’ll get both sides of the story. When you listen to something you want to hear, it is purely entertainment. It is no different than listening to the Daily Show or The Colbert Report. We want our Fox and MSNBC and Wall Street Journal, etc. because we want to be goaded and incited against what we already find repugnant.
That’s not news or punditry.
Real pundits, who try to take news and fuse it with an informed opinion regardless of political affiliation, are annoying enough. So many of them make guesses about election outcomes, political maneuvers and public reaction. They have little to no consequences when they’re wrong.
But when you get to the fake pundits, their only objective is to rile their audience— not have a discussion.
And unfortunately, when some people listen to pundits in clown garb, they don’t know the difference.