Rall: Pundits on Right Get It Wrong Yet Remain Successful

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By: E&P Staff

Liberal editorial cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall is annoyed that conservative commentators keep getting things wrong but thrive anyway.

The Universal Press Syndicate creator wrote on his blog today: “Pundits, after all, are paid for being right most of the time. It’s a sad statement about the failure of the capitalist system that the most well-paid pundits in the country — Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, O’Reilly, Brooks, Friedman, Hitchens, etc. — are consistently wrong. If they were picking bum stocks the way they picked bum pols and wars, they’d get canned. Meanwhile, guys like me and Chomsky — who have been right 95% of the time … since 2000 — get ignored by many media outlets.”

Rall concluded: “There’s a lot less interest in having pundits get it right than in having them parrot whatever happens to be the party line at the time.”

The columnists Rall mentioned include Ann Coulter of Universal, Bill O’Reilly of Creators Syndicate, David Brooks and Thomas Friedman of The New York Times and New York Times News Service, and Noam Chomsky of the New York Times Syndicate.

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