Alex Massie

Lessons in Punditry

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Ross Douthat makes an excellent suggestion:

I think it would be an excellent discipline for pundits deeply invested in the ideal of the "independent" politician to attempt, at least once a year, a column praising a public figure for taking an independent, maverick position with which they disagree.

Obviously this applies to the blogosphere as well as to the talking heads on TV and newspaper columnists. I don't think I'd actually agree with all that many of Senator Jim Webb's positions, for instance, but I admire his willingness to state his mind, free from the cant and humbug in which politicians customarily swaddle their pronouncements.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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