Here's a few criteria that generally work pretty well. Not all of them are there at the same time, of course, but it's a good list to check if someone maybe knows what he's talking about.
- Having worked in politics or government positions before.
So most reporters are right out you know? And frankly some shouldn't' be in because of this. Though, James Carville IS entertaining. I suppose having partisan characters in your reporting is a way to have inside scoops on stories...or something.
- Personally knowing some of the people involved in the stuff you're writing about.
Ben Shapiro should be a go to for you then.
Knowing the procedures and institutions that are in play. Don't know how the EU policy process works? Then you probably won't be an expert on Brexit.
So most reporters are out again. They're experts on NOTHING usually and woefully uninformed about many things they write or opine about.
Having some knowledge about the larger history and background of a subject you're writing or reporting about. Don't know the difference between ISIS and Al Qaida? Nope, not a "terrorism expert". Using words like Mullah or Ayatollah, but don't know what those actualy are? Not an expert on Iran, either.
Again most reporters are out. They're experts on writing. That's pretty much it.
Being able to understand the relevant language of the country or region you're writing or reporting about. Don't know any Arabic or Korean? Sorry, you're probably not a Syria or DPRK expert then.
Again, most reporters are out.
Having some technical knowledge about the technical issues you're writing or reporting about. Especially relevant with things like nuclear weapons, disarmament, ballistic missiles.
Guns. Law. Tanks, etc. Most reporters right out. Again, speaking from personal and direct experience. Ben Shapiro, being a lawyer, is qualified to talk abut law you know. Which is an intersection of politics.
Generally having made the right call in writing or reporting about issues in the past. You made a dozen YouTube videos of how easy Brexit would be? Sorry, not gonna listen to anything from you about Brexit & the EU. You thought Iraq was full of WMDs in 2003? Sorry, probably not someone I'd listen to when you talk about disarming Iran or North Korea.
So, all the folks who said Trump wouldn't win are experts?
Now, maybe try checking some of your favourite YouTube "pundits" with this list and find me some real experts.
Perhaps you could give me some of your go to sources that match all of this?
Edited by rmgill, Today, 10:45 AM.