Pundits, spinners, hacks - and logic

The great challenge for the aspiring pundit is to discover something that can be said after the debate that could not have been said before it. Usually—almost invariably—one is reduced to stylistic comments: so—and—so looked tired; the other guy's hair, like that of Warren Zevon's werewolf, was perfect. The task is to convey a sense that these People Magazine observations are in any way significant, or really need to be made at all. Still, some people—their tribe is constantly increasing—— earn extremely comfortable incomes, and even attain a minor degree of celebrity, from making such observations. A few taxonomic distinctions emerged in the aftermath of last night's vice—presidential debate: pundits are not spinners, who are themselves more than hacks. On Fox News Channel, Susan Estrich, a straddler of the line between pundit and spinner (with occasional stumbles into hack territory) accused William Kristol, pundit, of dishonesty for...(Read Full Article)