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  •  "Mainstream" columnists, too. (none)
    This would explain many puzzling columns from Friedman, Kristoff, Broder, Zakaria, Easterbrook, et al.
    •  Don't forget that asswipe David Brooks! n/t (4.00)
    •  umm, look: (none)
      How do you think they got their jobs? Virtually all of 'em?

      How does a mediocrity like a Novak or a Will or any of the milquetoast meme-mouthers actually manage to stampede oe'r the heads of thousands of journalists after every prime-time pundit post...? They don't do it. Their friends do it for them.

      Ketchum AE/White House employee X: "Hello, Editor X? How you doing today? Great day for golf, isn't it? Say, there's this guy I'd like you to meet who I think could be a real asset to your paper/station..."

      Bought and paid for pet poodle pundits are what one should rightly expect from a bought and paid for pet poodle media system. Who the fuck can be surprised? - it's not just an inauguration; it's an atrocity.

      by RabidNation on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 11:41:27 AM PST

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      •  Actually, that's NOT how ... (none)
        ...most pundits get syndicated, including Will and Novak.  

        We don't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - David Brower

        by Meteor Blades on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 02:21:50 PM PST

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        •  not talking about syndication. (none)
          I don't think Scott McLellan calls up editors shilling for AP.

          talking about how ppl get into a position to get syndicated, get that WaPo or NYT or whatever job...I've had the displeasure of watching the ascendence of certain ppl hailing from right here who've made these absolutely astonishing career leaps despite basic non-performance, and who ODDLY ENOUGH just happen to have certain friends, and who just happen to toe a certain party line and whose columns automatically appear timed perfectly to coincide with the emerging needs of certain special's really quite remarkable. Hey, maybe they're all former members of Psychic Friends Network. Or maybe they're being told in advance what to say. You tell me.

 - it's not just an inauguration; it's an atrocity.

          by RabidNation on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 03:40:16 PM PST

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    •  They're not getting paid (none)
      Journalists from time to time will disagree with you without them being corrupt. That's what nader does.
      •  not all journalists (none)
        of course not.

        maybe I'm not being clear; we're talking about an elite punditocracy who get 99% of the face time, often in spite of astonishing mediocrity, redundancy, or even basic lack of popularity. (He's got a following NOW. But when he first started on Crossfire, did anybody anywhere like Pat Buchanan...?) Even when caught in lies, even when reduced to the point of babbling gibberish, the same usual suspects are always there, seemingly immune to the "market forces" that ordinarily torpedo normal journalists' careers. the medium, the message, and the messenger are all on the take from the same source here. - it's not just an inauguration; it's an atrocity.

        by RabidNation on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 03:45:38 PM PST

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