There are pundits and there are, well, you tell me …
I’m coming to believe there’s a perpetual “silly season” among many pundits and wannabe pundits. The punditry market is so saturated that even the barely marginal among them are landing gigs on cable TV.
I’ve been monitoring, as I’m sure most of you have, this preacher who wants to burn Korans on Saturday. He has every right to do so, but as with the mosque builders in NYC, it is an insensitive and culturally inappropriate thing to do.
That said, to the point of my first sentence, the “silly season”. One of the main contributors to that, of course, is Keith Olberman who I assume fancies himself as a serious pundit, or commenter (and other than the left, the only who considers him to be that).
Yet this was the extent of his original contribution to the Koran burning story:
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was one of the first to call attention to the Limbaugh/Jones nexus when he posted news of it on Twitter overnight: " ‘Rev.’ Terry Jones was classmate of none other than Rush Limbaugh (Cape Central class of ’69). Coincidence?"
What in the hell does that mean except to say “hey I’m dumb enough to believe correlation is causation”.
My first reaction to this “revelation” was “so”? My second and continuing reaction to it is, “so”? I mean of all the mindless nonsense to append to a story that’s been blown all out of proportion to begin with, this pretty much takes the cake.
Guilt by association, correlation is causation, pick your fallacy, Olberman does and probably has committed them all. Thankfully he’s not watched by many except brainiacs like this commenter:
While this is not surprising, it is amazing. Amazing that I didn’t see the similarity in opinions and call this ahead of time. But, if you have ever been to Cape Girardeau you would understand. This was and is part of the South, I think it is further south on a GPS than Lexington, KY.
The inmates are truly in charge of the asylum. Too bad Olberman doesn’t have a "stupidest person in the world" segment – he could be the first nominee. The commenter could be #2.