I got angry this morning, so I put together a thing. It is by no means complete.

Bringing on paid “analysts” who are shills for parties or interest groups will never illuminate an issue. It will merely amplify a distorted presentation of reality that serves the interests of one of these groups.
Elected officials currently serving in office? Fine. ✅
Scholars or scientists? Fine. ✅
Military experts? Fine. ✅
ACTUAL investigative journalists familiar with a story or issue? Fine. ✅

The Rest? Delete.❌
Analyst panels necessarily feed into the “objectivity trap” making it look as there are two (or more) sides to an issue when in reality there is only ONE viable side (see: CLIMATE FUCKING CHANGE) see @PhilipMeyer4 1991 (quoted in @chanders Apostles of Certainty):
Such panels regularly devolve into uncivil shouting matches that might increase viewer attention (to the shouting), but disrupt the audience’s ability to actually critically engage with the content of the debate and undermine political trust in the process See Mutz and Reeves:
and Mutz's "In your face politics" press.princeton.edu/titles/10455.h…
TV news analysts are typically fixated on politics as a game (who are the players? what is the strategy? who is winning/ losing?). The game frame pits parties and groups against one another in an artificially constructed battle that fails to engage with the underlying issue.
The game frame fools the public into feeling like it “totally knows what is going on” when in reality it only knows the soap opera of characters and strategy and none of the historical, economic, environmental, racial, or social context surrounding an actual issue.
Hence my call in 2017 (AND THE CALL OF LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF SCHOLARS FOR LIKE 30 YEARS) for journalists to stop covering politics as a game
Zooming out a bit, UT Austin's Rod Hart tackles the problem of television news' focus on people over issues “Easy Citizenship: television’s curious legacy”
– with so much focus on people over issues, the public assumes that “someone else is minding the store” but has no idea what is actually inside the store at all.
Taken together, this effect is a catastrophic extension of what Lazarsfeld and Merton warned about in 1948: a narcotizing dysfunction of media through which audiences begin to see their attention to the political game as “vicarious performance” in politics. It’s not.
In sum: there are THREE entities that benefit from having pundit analyst panels on television news:
1) The pundits themselves who use the platform to increase their visibility, the value of their brand, and who make $ for being on air.
2) The networks and conglomerates who save TONS of money by hiring people (PUNDITS) to talk ABOUT THE NEWS rather than hiring reporters and journalists to spend hours researching and digging and listening to people to actually MAKE THE STUFF OF JOURNALISM.
3) The interest groups, parties, and politicians whose interests are served, voices amplified, power increased, and view of the world legitimized through their surrogate talking heads appearing on television.
Notice who is NOT IN THIS LIST?

Make your displeasure known. #DeleteThePunditPanels
Don't watch pundit panels.
Let networks know of your displeasure
and most importantly:
Recognize its value.
Subscribe to newspapers and quality news magazines.
Become a supporting member of @NPR or other news orgs like @The_Corres
Donate to non-profit investigative outlets like @ProPublica
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