Talking Heads

I get so tired of seeing the banner across the bottom of my TV screen at night declaring some big breaking news event. Then the camera goes to some rotund political pundit, who launches into some empty rhetoric about what it all means and what’s likely to happen next.

The dictionary defines a pundit as “an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public.” But most of those so-called experts are just talking heads who make their living by expressing their “informed opinions” to reporters. They are easy to book and are willing to comment quickly and proffer an opinion. But what I’ve found, when it comes to breaking news, these pundits often don’t have a clue.


Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (night), Word of the Day Challenge (breaking), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rotund), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (launch), Ragtag Daily Prompt (rhetoric), and The Daily Spur (dictionary).

13 thoughts on “Talking Heads

  1. Geoff Stamper February 28, 2022 / 5:42 pm

    Hey, I’m qualified to be a pundit! I have experience as a talking head. I would never have survived as a caveman but only in this day and age do I have a place!

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    • Fandango February 28, 2022 / 6:44 pm

      Then it’s good that you’re living in this day and age.

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  2. Sadje February 28, 2022 / 6:17 pm

    Not only they are clueless, but also repeat the same words arranged differently every time. At least here.

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  3. Lauren February 28, 2022 / 7:07 pm

    Very true. I try my best not to watch. Thank goodness for the mute button.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. parikhit February 28, 2022 / 9:53 pm

    They never have a clue! All they do is talk-empty vessels.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. emkingston February 28, 2022 / 9:56 pm

    I have been frustrated as well, especially when the stories coming in are not really new or breaking. It’s the same stuff over and over.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Nope, Not Pam March 1, 2022 / 1:58 am

    You sure this isn’t your pet peeve? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. donmatthewspoetry March 1, 2022 / 2:02 am

    I stick my head up as a Talking Head in Silliness. No takers yet. Guess there’s enough politicians filling the role……..

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Mason Bushell March 1, 2022 / 6:15 am

    Well said, half the news contradicts the other half and that half is half lies so the news is quite worthless these days,

    Liked by 1 person

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