Ever watch the pundits on the cable TV news? They have an opinion on just about everything.
Turns out, so do I. Which is why I’ve decided to become a pundit myself. For, I’ve been watching them and listening to them until I’m blue in the face. And, I figure, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
If you ask me, the only thing missing from our political landscape is pundit trading cards, much like the ones for baseball and action heroes–Superman, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the like. So why not have trading cards for our political pundits?
Assuming I joined the pundit ranks, couldn’t you just picture my face on one?
Well, I’d trade you a George Will for a Jon Stewart any day! Got any James Carville’s? What would you give me for an Ann Coulter? Anything? ANYTHING?
Check out my latest piece for the Huffington Post, and find out why, to me, they’re nothing more than Pundits on Parade.
You’ll also learn why I can sling arrows with the best of them. 😉
- WATCH: Stewart Rips Gaffe-Obsessed Media (huffingtonpost.com)
Great article in the Huffington Post Monica – very funny!
Thanks, Bassa! I hope the Tall Person liked it, too! 😉
We always like the same things Monica! 🙂
Glad to hear it!
Really liked this one, Monica! …Donald Trump’s hair deserves his own pundit zip code, though 😀 Teach me how to be better at pundits!
Nate, I bet you’d make a great pundit. In fact, I think you and I could have lots of fun together, tackling an issue, each of us taking the opposite side. A sort of “He Said, She Said,” on our blogs.
Though, I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before one of us started saying, “Jane, you ignorant slut.” (And, if you don’t know where that quote is from, I suggest you google it or check out the very first season of SNL. It’s a classic line.)
Martin Bashir is one hour of pro Obama anti Romney bashing. He is obviously an agent of the democratic party. The only true unbiased commentator was Dillon Raddigan and he’s gone. Chris Mathews seems fair and points out the hypocrisy of everyone. MSNBC is usually on all day here but it has moved so far to the left and that Al Sharpton is a twister of facts and a liar. Even the right wing FOX is more subtle in its propaganda as news. Gonna switch to CNN.
Carl, I really like Rachel Maddow. I think she’s pretty fair. I also enjoy watching “Reliable Sources” Sunday mornings on CNN. That’s a good recap on how stories were reported across all the channels and press. I like Chris Matthews, too.
You always make me smile with your wit. I do admire your range in words. You and Bev tackle the political arena with such passion, humor, whit, honest, it leaves me in awe.
Thanks, Brenda. That range of words came through reading, thanks to a friend in high school who guided me toward reading all the classics. I owe a lot of gratitude to her.
Hi again, Monica. Just went to Huff Post to read your article…spot on, my dear. Especially the talking over one another until you can’t understand a word any of them are saying. And even if you did try and raise your voice in order to be heard, they’d simply raise theirs.
I’m so glad you liked it! Yes, they do have a tendency to shout over each other. Sigh. Growing up, I got used to shouting within my own family; we were a family who raised our voices quite a bit. But to do it on national TV? I think I’d get discombobulated.
I’m from a big family as well. I had to shout…it’s the only thing anybody heard.
If anyone can do pundits, it’s you.
Thanks, Debs! I like to think so, too, though I bet there are a few other bloggers who could carry this off. Would be fun to create our own pundit circus, don’t you think? 😉
It would. A sarcastic wit is a great thing to have, especially when writing.
You know you make me laugh out loud Monica, that’s how much I love your posts. I love the dogs around the table 🙂 🙂 so apt. Haaaa! love the idea of an Ann Coulter trading card, I’d get rid of that as soon as I got it though. The Pundits of today annoy me so much because of their lack of subject matter or rather, the regurgitation of the same old rubbish. I am off to check out the Huff Post… no doubt I am going to enjoy what you have said.
Oh, MM, you are too, too sweet, and I so appreciate the good vibes you send me. Thanks for always reading and commenting. Hope you enjoy the HuffPo piece, too. 🙂
Bravo, bravo, bravo. Your post is spot on. And the illustration with the dogs around the table is sooooo perfect, the expressions on their faces are hilarious. You can just hear them now, woofing and barking. (One pundit, however, whom I do like enormously is George Stephanopoulous). But one of the main cable stations, I won’t mention names, is so negative and depressing and nay-saying, you described the scenario perfectly, and you can’t escape them because they greet you in airport waiting areas, too.
Thank you, so much, Karen! I love that illustration of the “pundit” dogs, too. I don’t count George Stephanopoulous as a pundit, since he’s the host of a show. At the very least, I’m happy to make an exception for him! 😉
Monica, I think you’d make a great pundit, in spite of not being able to talk over your fellow pundits! I mean, really, everybody’s got an idea and who’s to say your idea isn’t just as good as anybody else’s? I like the idea of the trading cards, too — when Domer was little, Pokemon cards were THE thing, and he had gazillions!
Debbie, with your journalistic background, you could join me in the pundit parade. We’ll regale our viewers with pithy comments and clever observations. What do you say?
Great post, Monica.
However, I really think you should pursue this playing card thing. You may be too polite to make a great pundit, but you’re, at least, hilarious! I swear, Ann Coulter dart board. Bet I could market that.
OMG, Monica, this is an hilariously brilliant idea–maybe even an Ann Coulter dart board! Sorry to have been away all week. I’ve missed your posts. Will head over to HP now, where, by the way, I can NEVER figure out how to comment. What does that say about me? It can’t be good, can it?
Kathy, I love the idea of an Ann Coulter dart board! Great holiday gift, if you ask me.
In order to comment at HuffPo–and I wish you would–you have to sign up for an account. Sweetheart, you’re nowhere near as old as me, so if I can figure it out, SO CAN YOU! 😉
Fun piece. I’m with you on the pundits. Some of them are entertaining but rarely do they clarify an issue. That you can certainly do. (It seems that if you get your own show then it’s always your turn, if that helps.)
Lisa, if I get my own show, I’ll be the host and the only pundit so yes I will get all the time to make my point and no one will interrupt me. Of course, I may call upon my readers in the blogosphere to participate and offer up their opinions. Are you game?
With you hosting it would be fun.
A super post Monica.
I read your piece in The Huffington Post and I laughed out loud I will admit.
We have the same over here on our news channels, they wheel out the so called experts for their wisdom and opinion.
In these parts we have two definations for the term “Expert”
1 Ex is a has been and a spurt is a drip under pressure.
2 An expert is somebody who knows more and more about less and less and eventually knows everything about nothing.
I think either fits the bill for most of the people they wheel on for their comments.
We also have as well as Sky News & the BBC the American news channels like ABC & CNN etc. So I can equate with you all the way.
Perhaps you could start your own news channel and call it “Monica’s musings of the moment” I am sure your ratings would soar.
One thing I have learnt despite not having followed your blog and postings for very long is that your a self willed person and know where your heading and how to get there, so I think we should all campaign for you to get your own news channel.
As I said a good post and it’s brightened my day.
Thanks, Robert. I may one day ask you to help me lobby for that news channel. After all, I will prevail–and I have many important opinions to offer!
Just read your piece… funny,as always. Thanks for brightening my Monday. 🙂
Thanks, Shary! I’m not a fan of reality shows, but I do love watching the pundits get all riled up and attack each other. If you ask me, it’s better than that Jersey Shore show any day! 😉