"High Information" as a Low Compliment

Patrick O'Hannigan
Election years are full of hackneyed phrases, but my new favorite is the compound adjective "high information," used with or without a hyphen to compliment people for being unusually diligent readers or viewers. Andrew Sullivan supplied a recent example of that usage when he capped a blog entry about President Obama's first debate performance by using "high information" as a spoonful of sugar to help the failure go down: "Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am," Sullivan reassured readers, before going on to explain why he thought that first debate was a "rolling calamity" for Democrats. Chris Matthews of MSNBC was more subtle (!) when he suggested that the president ought to start watching that unabashedly progressive TV network because he would "learn something every night." That assertion only makes sense in the alternate universe where commentary from progressive pundits turns Barack Obama into a "high-information...(Read Full Post)

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