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"Pundit" will become a derogatory term

FOX News is notorious, I know, for its "fair and balanced" approach to keeping viewers entertained. I don't watch news on TV at all, though, but get all updates from the web. Still, I don't particularly frequent either. However, on Google news one item caught my eye: Why the Obama Administration Will Implode In Weeks, by Kevin McCullough, a pundit who "was the first pundit to predict Obama's presidency (back in December 2006)." That would be except for my friend, Ed, who predicted in way back in 2004 when Obama was elected senator of Illinois. Ed is not a pundit, but still. Anyone else who can make that claim?

Of course, now that he's pals with Nostradamus, his duty as a political pundit is to share his prediction for Obama's precidency. As he says "it behooves me to tell you the course I believe the next few weeks will take."

And as the title says, the Obama administration is going to implode with the the next six to eight weeks (published September 1st). Why? He lists the reasons:
  1. Health Care's Long and Painful Death
  2. Cap-and-Trade Will Be the Largest Tax Increase in American History
  3. Unemployment Will Remain
  4. Obama's Integrity Has Been Tarnished in August
  5. A $3 Trillion Dollar Budget
  6. A Coming Middle Class Tax Hike
Problems, indeed, should any of it become reality. But, "implode?" What does that even mean? That all confidence in this administration will have evaporated in five to seven weeks from now? That Obama will be on his knees begging McCain and Palin to take over the White house?

I, on the other hand, hereby make the prediction that the word "pundit" is going to become a derogatory term within the next, say, 4 to 5 months. I could be wrong, and pundits everywhere could become the heros they deserve to be for the expert advice they give on their radio shows syndicated on 197 stations across the country and in fair and balanced columns on FOX News.
But I'm not holding my breath, and I'd advise you against it as well.


  1. :D Ah, yes! I shall begin using it as you suggest immediately!

    Pundit: a troll who operates through media other than interactive internet communities.

    see also
    Troll: a person who participates in interactive internet communities who has as their primary (but rarely explicitly stated) purpose the instigation of arguments, and as their secondary purpose, the slander and defamation of their ideological opponents.

    As for Fox pundits like McCullough, they're actually driving people away from the Republican party and the media-frenzy version of right wing politics in general. I have a close, beloved relative who is a Christian, creationist etc., but who has caught on that these goons are alarming and wishes to distance herself from them. (To my immense relief.)

  2. Exactly, a TV/radio troll.

    Just to boost the derogatoriability of the word, it should perhaps be used as a general expletive.

    "You pathetic pundit!"


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