Does Graduate School Make You Dumb?

October 27, 2010

Question for Arianna: Does graduate school make you dumb?

Longtime old-media fixture Howard Fineman's recent move from a moribund Newsweek — that never really "got" this new-fangled internet thing — to the beating heart of new-media leftspeak, The Huffington Post, presents a sad coda to a distinguished career. The old boy didn't know what hit him. Maybe Arianna saw him as a useful idiot to lend gravitas, albeit faded, to her masthead. See below for more. Above, video still from Taiwanese NMATV's cutting-edge masterpiece of the animator's art, "Jon Stewart rallies the troops in Washington."

Does graduate school make you dumb? Consider this, just in:

Graduate students and former graduate students now form the last redoubt of approval for President Barack Obama, according to [a new] Gallup poll.

Now consider the astonishing lack of factual content and critical analysis in freshly minted Huffington Post Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman's latest column, "A New Appreciation for the 'Rally to Restore Sanity.'" With two graduate degrees and a lifetime of journalism honors to his credit, the former Newsweek Chief Political Correspondent conflates two newsbites from the latest news cycle to explain a come-to-Jesus moment regarding Jon Stewart's forthcoming Oprah- and Arianna-funded, "non partisan," Beck-baiting "Rally to Restore Sanity":

Even though [Arianna's] backing Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity," and even though I now work for her, I had dismissed the event this Saturday on the Mall as self-indulgent, time-wasting comedy.

Until now.

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