Even in the era of Moneyball politics, pundits still have a place

Punch Line: While political “Sabermetrics” has its value, people still want to indulge their biases and opinions. This ensures that pundits are in no danger of losing their jobs anytime soon.

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Excerpted from Forbes’, “Political Junk Food: Why Pundits Will Survive the Moneyball Election”

Moneyball politics

This year’s election already seems to have a name, and that’s the Moneyball election.

While this is true … I don’t agree with the growing notion that this election could mark the beginning of the end for professional political pundit.

Think about it: it’s well-known that people of all political leanings tend to seek out information that reinforces their pre-existing beliefs.

Fox News, MSNBC, Drudge and The Daily Show all know this to their very core, and while some of us try to sustain ourselves on a respectable media diet full of journalistic fiber … only the most disciplined of us doesn’t periodically want to throw in a helping of a political Twinkie.

Just as ten years after the Moneyball revolution all baseball organizations still employ scouts, ten years from now news networks will still have plenty of talking heads.

Edit by JDC

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