Link: Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

This is such a key and important point —> “Here’s the key difference between modern presidential punditry and Siskel & Ebert: Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert knew what they were doing. They were good cultural critics, steeped in knowledge about what they were talking about, with long-standing personal quirks and peccadillos that viewers could read into anything they said. (Siskel was a notorious mark for dumb action movies; Ebert had a weakness for certain attractive actresses.)

Political pundits in America — especially those who appear on television — are often bad cultural critics. But they’re increasingly trying to offer critiques of political performance, even though they rarely seem to have any idea how to separate tone from content, and tend to wildly overpraise anything they can agree seemed pretty okay. That’s a risky path to walk.”