Those who offer commentary and opinions regarding certain topics are called pundits. They are known to be experts in those topics or at least can be seen as experts to the audience. They appear in all forms of the media but are most commonly seen on television cable news. In Europe, pundits are usually viewed as public intellectuals, holding esteemed positions and having accomplishments in the topics they speak on. In the United States, pundits can be those with strong opinions who speak out regarding matters and are considered talking heads.
In some cases, the term pundit can be used in a derogatory sense. It can be used to point toward low self-esteem, particularly in British politicians. When used in this manner, it is used by commentators and is rare.
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