Political Pundits and the Decline of Meritocracy

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Political Pundits and the Decline of Meritocracy

Post by Citizen Baba » Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:56 pm

If your team's starting quarterback in the only completed two passed in a resounding defeat, wouldn't you be clamoring for his ouster for the next season? We value being judged by our competence in this country, but our meritocracy has been blown apart to such an extent that sports are the only thing in which we value merit enough to voice our opinion.

Main case in point our Punditocracy. Political analysts are paid good money to share their opinions on tv, print, and the net, yet nobody argues for them to be removed from their post when they get it wrong. Instead, those media consumers come back for more. (Remember Glen Beck predicted Weimar-Republic-like inflation?)

As for the predicting the election, this had to be the most polled-to-death event in history. All the evidence was right in their face, but most got it tragically wrong -- prefering to believe conspiracy theories about the polls being rigged. (I guess it follows that if you don't believe in hard science, you aren't likely to believe in polling science either.)

I'd say anyone who predicted the presidential election wrong by more than 50 electoral votes should have their positions seriously looked at, and any who had it wrong by 75 or more should be terminated immediately.

You may notice a trend in those who most got the election wrong. Here are those pundits who got the election wrong by more than 50 electoral votes, by how many, their main news outlet, and their political leaning.

Dick Morris, The Hill, 119, Conservative
James Antle III, The Daily Caller, 61, Conservative
Nicholas Ballasy, The Daily Caller, 70, Conservative
David Martosko, The Daily Caller, 90, Conservative
Alex Pappas, The Daily Caller, 64, Conservative
Will Rahn, The Daily Caller, 57, Conservative
Jamie Weinstein, The Daily Caller, 109, Conservative
Karl Rove, WSJ, 74, Conservative
Larry O Connor, Breitbart, 89, Conservative
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner, 109, Conservative
Steve Deace, 51, Conservative
Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post, 64
Jim Cramer, Mad Money, 108, Liberal
George Will, ABC News, 115, Conservative
Kevin Eder, The Media Research Center, 75, Conservative
Dave Weigel, 70
Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, 105, Conservative
Glen Beck, 115, Conservative
Larry Kudlow, 124, Conservative
Leslie Sanchez, 59, Conservative
Ross Douthat, The New York Times, 61, Conservative
Dean Chambers, Unskewed Polls, 105, Conservative
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, 85, Conservative
Ben Domanech, Real Clear Politics, 72, Conservative
Philip Klein, The Washington Examiner, 55, Conservative
Larry Donnely, Irish Central, 55
Jason Samenow, Washinton Post, 55
Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 62
Ann Coulter, "At least" 64, Conservative
Stu Burguiere, The Blaze, 51, Conservative
Meredith Jessup, The Blaze, 89, Conservative

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Re: Political Pundits and the Decline of Meritocracy

Post by equus » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:20 am

So I was more accurate than all those pundits? Where's my contract???!
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Re: Political Pundits and the Decline of Meritocracy

Post by rider5 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:16 pm

I'm only familiar with a few of those on your list, but it's safe to say they won't be fired.

Bill Kristoll, who has been proven wrong on just about everything for over decade, still has an audience.

They can count on support from people like my dad, who probably buys 2 or 3 books a week from idiots like Dick Morris, D'Souza, Jonah Goldberg, and the other RW 'intellectuals'.

I noticed he has a new hardcover called "The Takers", and something like "Did Mohammed Exist?"...

I can't talk politics with him. At least not national level politics.

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Re: Political Pundits and the Decline of Meritocracy

Post by eric84 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:35 pm

Proves only that the value of pundits isn't measured by how correct they are but by how entertaining they are. So, it's a meritocracy of sorts if the measure is a clown-o-meter.
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Re: Political Pundits and the Decline of Meritocracy

Post by snowgirl » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:57 pm

Yes, I agree with that eric. The measurement of the punditocracy isn't correctness. It's probably partly entertainment value, but also stirring up with the troops, creating talking points and catchy slogans, and suchlike. If they can't do all that, then they'll get fired.
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