Sunday, March 21, 2010
Comparing Education Levels of Pundits and Political Talkshow Hosts
Rachel Maddow Ph. D. Politics
Thom Hartmann Ph. D. (All Degrees Unrelated) (Around 20 Books)
Kieth Olbermann B. S. (3 Books)
Ed Schultz MN St. (not sure degree) (2 Books)
Alan Colmes B. A. Communications (2 Books)
Rush Limbaugh High School (2 Books)
Sean Hannity High School (2 Books)
Glenn Beck High School (8 Books)
Bill O'Reilly M. P. A. (8 Books)
Phil Valentine High School (2 Books)
Fred Thompson Juris Doctor
My hypothesis was that if a host was more popular (on the right), the likelihood would be greater that they would be uneducated. And the more popular on the left, the likelihood of higher education would be higher. You can argue with my ordering of these people, or you can suggest that I add more, and I hope that you do, I need a more comprehensive list. However, I am sure that either Rush or Sean is the top on the right side and obviously, it doesn't matter because they are both only educated through High School. To be fair, they did both drop out of college.
My hypothesis does seem to be correct, at least without deeper research. This is due to the different emphases in the way business is done in each case. On the right, the louder, more vitriolic (but not too much) ones seem to excel, while on the left, there is the emphasis on correctly reporting and analyzing the facts. The right also seems to try to identify with non-educated people more as well. They tend to criticize scientists, political scientists, Arts degrees, and higher education in general.
I would just like to point out that as far as books go, Glenn Beck wrote one called "Arguing with Idiots" but it has a picture of himself on the front cover. So, the number of books written may not be an indicator of much if you know what I mean.