"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 30 December 1997. Updated every WEEKDAY.

In 1998 ...

Tireless foe of the punditocracy Eric Alterman debuts Pundit Watch, a small but influential newsletter (www.chatteringclasses.com). Though Pundit Watch's circulation barely breaks into the five-digit range, bigger feeders in the media food chain catch on that exposing think-tank largess and their own commentators' corporate ties is way fun! In the fall, ABC replaces Politically Incorrect with Spin the Bottle's Pop-Up Pundits, which shows daily highlights from roundtable shows, while callouts detail Sam Donaldson's mohair subsidies and Tony Snowe's speaker fees.



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