Politico: Stupid is as stupid does

March 15, 2012

In the video above, Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris says “stupid” so many times that he begins to sound that way. He’s chatting on the otherwise excellent Politico TV about a Politico story: “How much do voters know?”

Written by Alexander Burns and topped with a photo of Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump, the piece could just as easily be titled: “Why aren’t voters as brilliant as Politico staffers?” Its thesis comes in this sentence: ”And ‘fickle’ is a nice way of describing the voters of 2012, who appear to be wandering, confused and Forrest Gump-like through the experience of a presidential campaign.” Those words will hang nicely in the Beltway Snobbery Hall of Fame.

Harris congratulated himself on the story’s use of the photo of Gump, a character who he says “represents the sort of ignorant voters out there who are saying these wacky things in the polls.” Stroke of pop culture genius right there.


Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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