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Phil Bronstein: MORON

How do you tell a moron from a pundit?

Sometimes it's just about attitude.

Occasionally I go on Chris Matthews' "Hardball" to talk about SF, or politics in general, or the topic of the day. Sometimes it's CNN. FOX used to call all the time, I think appreciating the goofy irony of having what one anchor once called "the editor of the liberal San Francisco Chronicle" on their air. I know some of the FOX producers and talent -- John Gibson was a Sacramento TV reporter back when I was a reporter here -- and it's fun to go on there, particularly if a scrum is involved, or Bill O'Reilly is worked up about the Bay Area.

I'm not very good at yelling, or interrupting, which can be useful survival skills on cable talk. But I've done "Hardball" a few times in the last couple of weeks. I used to be Chris' editor at the old Examiner, he occasionally clears out the mosh pit so I can say a thing or two, and, all the ego and shouting aside, he was always an impressive walking political encyclopedia. Plus I like him personally, I don't care what the New York Times says about him.

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