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The Punditocracy

It seems that wherever you look these days, there’s a journalist or pundit opining on the day’s political action, recycling the rhetoric, interpreting the polls and telling you who’s right and who’s wrong about what. But just how influential and how helpful is America’s chatty punditocracy? Do its members control and shape public opinion or merely reflect it? Thursday, NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik and Daily Beast commentator John Avlon join us to discuss who shapes our ever evolving political narrative and the value of political punditry in a vibrant Democracy.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.