January 27th, 2010
10:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Begala: Keep us out of it!

(CNN) - Okay, now he's getting personal.

President Obama said, "The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates into silly arguments, and big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away."

Hey! Why is he attacking pundits? Those of us who sweat under hot lights crafting cute one-liners and spewing sound bites – are we not Americans, too? What would he replace us with: people who actually know something?

Heaven forbid!

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Jordan

    Why attack pundits? Because they are the masters of spin, the masters of talking all the time when sometimes silence is needed. I like your ideas, I like your humor, but really, you need to look outside the box, you have the power to expose real muckracking, ground shaking news and instead you settle for exaggerated rhetoric. Try looking into the supposed "suicides" at Guantanamo Bay. Stand up for injustice and win some real respect.

    Your fan who wishes you did better things with your power,


    January 27, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Cate

    Sorry Paul but he is right! We are tired of the 30 second soundbites and the constant "fear" you guys put out there on both sides! Start telling the truth and not the talking points (not necessarily you Paul but the Repthugs sure do it!!)

    January 27, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. Himani

    Well the media in many people's opinion (mine included) is the unofficial fourth branch of government which relies more on ratings than delivering information with great substance.

    I am not saying this is the media's fault entirely because many of us have short attention spans so fewer sound bites and therefore simplified messages is what gets the ratings higher while reducing the complexity of these arguments to the average viewer.

    January 27, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Actually Paul, I suspect there were particular pundits, on a particular network, he was likely thinking of when making that remark. I would doubt if you were among them.

    January 27, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Barbara - Atlanta

    Yes he was and he's right! 🙂

    January 27, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |