The Pundits Will Punch

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

In an interview with GQ, excerpted in Yeas & Nays, Fox News pundit Karl Rove calls Barack Obama “arrogant,” defends his White House tenure and offers this anecdote as an example of what he does when he’s accused to destroying the country. At one college campus, a student called him a “cancer.”

“But did you hear what I did? I just let him rant. And when he was finished, he had no question, he just wanted to accuse me of undermining the Constitution and blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. And I said, “Thanks for your thoughtful rant.” And he sat down. And I said, “Now do you feel better about yourself?” And he said, “Yeah.” And I said, “Well, I want you to feel better about yourself.” And everybody laughed, and we went on.”

While Rove has drawn some good reviews for his Fox News gig, he’s not part of the new wave of pundits who have made a mark this election cycle. Cable news networks are diversifying their lineup of talking heads.

Felicia R. Lee writes in the New York Times, “Both MSNBC and CNN this election season have given new prominence to a handful of contributing commentators from varied backgrounds and perspectives: blacks, Hispanics and women. Whether such moves signal real progress in diversifying the punditocracy or merely reflect the needs of a particular news cycle is the question, some media experts say. The most prominent positions on television remain overwhelmingly with those who are white and male, and some critics note how striking that non-inclusion can seem during this election year.”

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