Thursday, August 18, 2011

Truth Quotient Rankings - Pundits

The TQ ranking table below includes all political pundits with a significant number of ratings. A couple of trends literally jump out of this table.

First, TQ ranking has a strong inverse correlation with conservativeness. Arguably the most conservative, Rush Limbaugh, cannot even rise above the level of notoriously specious chain emails. The one notable exception is George Will. But for Will, every liberal/progressive pundit would have a higher TQ than every conservative pundit. Go George!

Second, the distribution of TQ for pundits is quite similar to that for politicos. One might hope that pundits being at least loosely associated with "journalism" would do better than pandering politicians. Okay, I'm a hopeless romantic. But back in the day, one could watch network news anchors like Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, and David Brinkley for years and not be able to guess their political affiliation. Perhaps the saddest thing about the list below is that there is no doubt whatsoever as to where each pander pundit lies on the right/left continuum. Sigh.

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