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Pundits, Spinners, and Hacks

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Ronald Wieck has a pretty good working definition in the American Thinker:

Tentatively, a pundit may be defined as someone who is astute, fair-minded, and thoughtful at least 75% of the time, and gives out partisan boilerplate no more than 25%. For the spinner, those percentages are reversed. The pure hack, as exemplified by the buffoonish Terry McAuliffe, is all twaddle, all the time: if his man urinated on the stage, it would still be a great night for the Democratic Party. Pundits, then, are worth listening to; spinners can be highly entertaining and occasionally say something of importance; hacks need to justify their existence.

This strikes me as about right (although I can’t say for sure this blog would be able to support the proportions). The rest of the article is pretty good too.


Written by martinipundit

October 6, 2004 at 10:44 pm

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