Read this: What’s a ‘strategist’ anyway?

April 15, 2012

From watching cable news, you’d think that one in every three Washingtonians is a political “strategist.” That’s the title CNN slapped on Hilary Rosen when she made her hot-button comments about Ann Romney, though she doesn’t work for the Democratic party. Paul Farhi reports that this broadcast shorthand — basically a fancy word for pundit — is thrown around very loosely: One frequently-seen “Democratic strategist” is actually a PR guy who hasn’t worked in politics for a dozen years. “I cringe a bit when I see that label, because I know it’s not true,” a so-called “Republican strategist” tells Farhi. “It sends a message that I’m a political actor, and I’m not.”

On TV, legions of ‘strategists.’ A few probably really are, 4/14/12

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