Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Too many pundits, or 'Hee-Haw' covers the campaign
A piece by Paul Farhi in today's Washington Post probes the explosion of punditry (real or faux) on cable news today, and includes this Keith Olbermann assessment of a typical primary night: "I am reminded of the way 'Hee Haw' opened. I am sorely tempted to finish [the list] with Joe Scarborough, Rachel Maddow, Gene Robinson and Pat Buchanan -- Grandpa Jones! . . . Junior Samples! . . . the Hager Twins!" Farhi adds: "Not to mention the rest of MSNBC's prime-time punditocracy -- the Buck Owenses and Minnie Pearls, as it were: Tucker Carlson! Chuck Todd! Howard Fineman! Richard Wolffe!"
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