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Ebert is #1

09.25.2007
In this day and age, the word 'pundit' gets tossed around frequently. I've had an official idea of what it meant, never bothering to look up the true definition. When thinking pundit, I think Bill O'Reilly, Gerlado Rivera, even Steven Colbert. I think newsmen with political stances and opinions who enjoy the luxury of television to announce them.

Now the all-knowing, all-seeing Forbes Magazine has listed the top ten most powerful pundits in North America, I've been forced to rethink my definition. Why? Because none other than Roger Ebert has been named the most powerful pundit of all. A pundit is described as a person who gives educated opinions through the media. Ebert's opinions are not only educated, but they're presented in a relatable, eloquent manner. And I gotta say, there are so many movie reviewers these days, that that's not rare, but there is something so pleasurable about Ebert's writing that I can't quite place my finger on. I think it's his unique combination of an intellectual sensibility with an everyman approach.

Ebert was up there for being "intelligent and articulate" and was recognized by over half the people Forbes polled. Leonard Maltin also impressively hit the top ten at number seven, which is impressive considering news heavyweights like Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart were also on the list. This just goes to show guys, that obsessing over movies is nothing to be ashamed of, because God knows they're f*cking important. Just ask Roger Ebert.

Extra Tidbit: Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Rosie O'Donnell also made the list.
Source: Forbes

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11:40PM on 09/25/2007
That's fantastic. I love reading Ebert's reviews. That wasn't the case at first, but there's just something to his writing that I have come to love. I'm so happy to see him back.
That's fantastic. I love reading Ebert's reviews. That wasn't the case at first, but there's just something to his writing that I have come to love. I'm so happy to see him back.
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10:17PM on 09/25/2007
My real problem with this is the label. Roger Ebert is not a pundit--he is a movie reviewer, just as the article also calls O'Reilly and Stewart "news heavyweights," which they are neither. Stewart is a far-left comedian who supposedly satirizes the news with a far leaning slant (He can practically chant "I hate Bush," to thunderous hoots and applause), and O'Reilly, I don't know what he is, except maybe the visual equivalent of a train wreck. World events, politics, culture, and analysis of
My real problem with this is the label. Roger Ebert is not a pundit--he is a movie reviewer, just as the article also calls O'Reilly and Stewart "news heavyweights," which they are neither. Stewart is a far-left comedian who supposedly satirizes the news with a far leaning slant (He can practically chant "I hate Bush," to thunderous hoots and applause), and O'Reilly, I don't know what he is, except maybe the visual equivalent of a train wreck. World events, politics, culture, and analysis of all that is important. Watching ten good movies out of a sea of crummy, slimey crap and then reviewing it is not. Its just entertainment. Plus, he's paid under the table by movie studios.
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8:22PM on 09/25/2007

pssssh

As great as his older reviews were, ever since Ebert has been back it's been nothing but praise praise praise for every movie released. Easy on the praise Ebert.
As great as his older reviews were, ever since Ebert has been back it's been nothing but praise praise praise for every movie released. Easy on the praise Ebert.
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3:02PM on 09/25/2007
Good for him. I totally respect the guy. Even though i may disagree with some of his reviews, i can totally see where he's coming from, because he presents his opinion clearly and confidently. i love his writing style. i love all the subtle nuances you can find in his writing when compared to all the other boring reviews you can find on rotten tomatoes. i love how he experiments with different writing styles (i love how his little allegories, how he uses poetry and even songs to review a film,
Good for him. I totally respect the guy. Even though i may disagree with some of his reviews, i can totally see where he's coming from, because he presents his opinion clearly and confidently. i love his writing style. i love all the subtle nuances you can find in his writing when compared to all the other boring reviews you can find on rotten tomatoes. i love how he experiments with different writing styles (i love how his little allegories, how he uses poetry and even songs to review a film, and you gotta love his 'i hated, hated, hated, hated, hated, this film. hated it!" review).

anyways, i dont get ebert-haters. all critics, not just ebert, are supposed to provide THEY'RE opinions, not YOURS.
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2:30PM on 09/25/2007
The photoshopped image of Ebert is kinda disturbing. Almost haunting in a way.
The photoshopped image of Ebert is kinda disturbing. Almost haunting in a way.
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5:53AM on 09/25/2007
The article is cool and all, but why is the picture Photoshop'd?
The article is cool and all, but why is the picture Photoshop'd?
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4:47AM on 09/25/2007

As I've said before, He is the ma!

I'm thrilled for the guy! I respect him more than just about anyone out there. Not just as a movie reviewer but the way he treats others. I just feel sorry that he has had to sit next to the moron that is Richard Roeper! I also think it's a shame that Disney screwed him, and all the fans of the "Two thumbs up" thing that we all know and love. Ebert is the man, and it is nice to hear others finally "officially" recognize it! All hail Roger Ebert and hope he and his consistently correct
I'm thrilled for the guy! I respect him more than just about anyone out there. Not just as a movie reviewer but the way he treats others. I just feel sorry that he has had to sit next to the moron that is Richard Roeper! I also think it's a shame that Disney screwed him, and all the fans of the "Two thumbs up" thing that we all know and love. Ebert is the man, and it is nice to hear others finally "officially" recognize it! All hail Roger Ebert and hope he and his consistently correct and knowledgeable reviews are with us for many years to come.
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