Sunday, January 19, 2003

While the op-ed pages and gab shows have occasional contributions from "experts," or at least people claiming to be experts (think Norah Vincent being a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, terrorism think tank), primarily, the public pontificators are simply pundits who don't know much about anything but who feel free to present their uninformed opinions on everything under the sun. It is quite hilarious when one of these pundits slips for a minute and attacks someone else's foray into opinion writing by arguing that it is the height of arrogance for them to imagine that anyone would care what they think. They've forgotten that their careers are built on the fact that they are ready to provide an opinion on just about anything, whether they are qualified to give it or not. They are Pundits! Watch it, James Lileks, you're going to argue yourself out of a job.