Making Punditry Great Again

It’s a special post-election episode of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe, the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to assess the state of political punditry in the USA in the new era of Trump. Topics addressed include:

* The case study of Van Jones, from his “white lash” polemics on CNN election night to his stuttering defense on ABC News this week. What is the Van Jones problem and how can he do better?

* News and political opinion shows in general are in bad shape, stale, boring, clichéd. How can they be made better, we offer 10 exciting new ideas.

* We go “In the Bubble” with Bill Maher and his comments on HBO about his crying wolf in the past, but this time you can take his cries of fascism seriously. Can we???!

* Plus a personal anecdote about meeting Steve Bannon, and exclusive audio of Michael Medved’s new endorsement to remedy his butt hurt, Alleviation Dose. 

* What were they drinking during the show? A Taj Majal Premium Lager and a Summit Extra Pale Ale.

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There are 7 comments.

  1. T-Fiks Member

    Your shots at Michael Medved were pretty funny. I wonder if all your listeners knew that the “clip” you played was a parody and not really his voice. He actually does a fair amount of promotion on his show here locally for an all-natural pain concoction.
    I too wonder if he’ll go back to his regular mockery of those who vote “losertarian” after himself voting for Evan McMullin.
    Didn’t he also write a book in 2012 explaining why Romney was a shoo-in?

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    • November 20, 2016, at 11:30 PM PDT
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  2. Kim K. Member

    “Megyn Kelly may be a complete opportunist.”

    Still mad about her haircut, aren’t ya, Paul!

    Regarding pundits arguing against their side – I think the conservative side had this in spades this election. Would have been nice to see some of it on the other. Obviously there were lots of liberals unhappy with Hillary, but where was the critical liberal commentary?

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    • November 21, 2016, at 7:25 AM PDT
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  3. Valiuth Member

    What are your records for accurate predictions of election? Are they really that good? Or should we stop listening to you as well?

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    • November 21, 2016, at 7:32 AM PDT
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  4. Quake Voter Inactive

    Valiuth:What are your records for accurate predictions of election? Are they really that good? Or should we stop listening to you as well?

    Valiuth, when did either of the hosts present themselves as political prognosticators like Barone, Silver, Enten et al.?

    In their chosen area of expertise — beer — their prognostications have been 200 proof.

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    • November 21, 2016, at 8:32 AM PDT
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  5. Valiuth Member

    Well I don’t know about 200 proof one was drinking Tajmahal beer…I’ve had that and it wasn’t very good.

    Pundits job is not to predict elections but discuss their views. The complaint that so many call heads when it was tails seems silly to me.

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    • November 21, 2016, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  6. Paul Happe Contributor

    Valiuth:Well I don’t know about 200 proof one was drinking Tajmahal beer…I’ve had that and it wasn’t very good.

    Valiuth, in retrospect I did go a bit easy on the Taj. Your comment that “it wasn’t very good” is pretty much spot on.

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    • November 21, 2016, at 11:16 AM PDT
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  7. Keith Keystone Inactive

    I am no fan of Van Jones. But blaming him for Muslims being afraid is weak stuff. In December of 2015, Trump announced his policy to ban all Muslims from entering the USA from any country. Don’t you think this might somehow be related to Muslims being a bit nervous?

    Imagine if you lived in a country as a minority Christian, and a President was just elected whose policy was to ban all future Christians from entering the country. The policy may not directly affect you because you are already a citizen, but wouldn’t it make you just a little bit nervous?

    I have a friend who is a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan. He’s a really good guy. And yah, he is scared. And no, its not Van Jones’ fault.

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    • November 21, 2016, at 9:37 PM PDT
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