Stupid Pundit Tricks

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 24 2011 @ 5:31pm

by Patrick Appel

Nyhan goes after Peggy Noonan for baseless speculation about Obama's mental state:

[T]he entire column is built on mind-reading — I had to excerpt half of it just to collect all the examples. It's a great example of how the novelization of the presidency works. Like Maureen Dowd, Noonan's talent for making up pleasing stories about political figures have made her a highly regarded pundit for one of the nation's top newspapers. Too bad those stories are largely fiction.