A Matter Of Opinion

Tips for the modern pundit

You, too, can be a pundit, but the rules have changed. Here's helpful hints from the Washington Post's Gene Weingarten.

Example:

"Rule 3: Being a modern pundit is like being a microwave oven -- it's about heat, not light. The current debate in America, for example, isn't whether Barack Obama is, or is not, right for the country, it's about whether Barack Obama is, or is not, Hitler. This sort of thing helpfully crystallizes issues for a public that is increasingly accustomed to black-and-white, either-or, on-the-island or off-the-island decision-making. The more simple-minded, the better."




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