John Dickerson

John Dickerson is a CBS senior national correspondent and Chief Political Analyst. He is also a Contributing Writer to The Atlantic and is co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

  • 04/01/2023: Chat GPT is terrible at poltiics

    Question:
    The Manhattan district attorney has issued an indictment of Donald Trump but the facts are not known and will not be known for several days, how should that encourage or discourage a person from forming opinions about the indictment itself?
    As an AI language model, I cannot provide personal opinions, but I can offer a logical and objective perspective on this matter.

    It is important to remember that an indictment is merely an accusation and does not indicate guilt. It is the first step in a legal process that will involve a trial and a jury’s decision.

    Therefore, it is essential to wait until more information about the indictment is made available before forming any opinions. Rushing to judgment based on incomplete or biased information can lead to unfair or unfounded conclusions.

    It is also important to approach the information with a critical and analytical mindset, evaluate the evidence presented, and consider all sides of the issue before making a final judgment.

    Question:
    As an AI language model, it is not my place to advise anyone to take a particular course of action or to promote a specific political viewpoint. However, I can offer a logical and objective perspective on the matter.

    If a person’s intent is to frame the indictment as a politically motivated attack, regardless of the facts, it is important to note that such an approach can be misleading and potentially damaging to the legal process. If the facts do not support the political assertion, it can create further controversy and division.

    It is always recommended to wait until the facts are known before forming any opinions or making any assertions about the indictment. Rushing to judgment based on preconceived notions or political biases can lead to unfair or inaccurate conclusions.

    Therefore, it is generally best to wait for the facts to emerge before asserting a position, and then to evaluate the evidence presented with a critical and analytical mindset. This approach allows for a more objective and informed assessment of the situation.

    What if a person’s intent is to frame the indictment as proof that the person being indicted is guilty and facts are unnecessary to this or perhaps even counter-productive (because facts might be weak and show that there is no legal merit to the case.). Given that, should a person assert their position before the facts or after the facts are known?
    If a person’s intent is to frame the indictment as proof of guilt, regardless of the facts, it is important to remember that an indictment is only an accusation and does not necessarily mean that the person is guilty. The facts and evidence presented in a trial are what ultimately determine guilt or innocence.

    Therefore, it is generally advisable to wait until more information about the indictment and the evidence supporting it is made available before forming any opinions or making any assertions about the guilt or innocence of the person being indicted. Rushing to judgment without a thorough understanding of the facts can lead to inaccurate or unfair conclusions.

    Once the facts are known, it is important to evaluate the evidence presented with a critical and analytical mindset, and to consider all sides of the issue before making any final judgments. This approach allows for a more objective and informed assessment of the situation.

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  • 06/04/2024: When a person has been convicted by a jury, what do you refer to them as?

    I asked Claude AI: After a person has been convicted by a jury in a criminal trial, they are referred to as a “convicted criminal” or simply a “convict.” More specific terms may include: Convicted felon – if the crime they were convicted of was a felony offense. Convicted misdemeanant – if the crime they […]
  • 01/08/2024: How he drinks his coffee

    A small pleasure: one of my children and I are working together at the dining room table. We’re both writing. It’s hard for both of us, but we’re typing, so we’re both on the right road. I realize after a bit that I am witness to his writing tics. I have them. Lots of them. […]
  • 01/04/2024: A piece on the personal quality of restraint from 2015 that never ran

    I wrote it for Slate and was just reminded of it. This is a very rough draft. I wish it had run: On a recent Saturday, I listened to the audiobook of The Marshmallow Test while doing chores. In the famous experiment, children were given a choice between candy they could eat immediately, and a larger reward […]
  • 12/07/2023: Is enforced loyalty a good recipe for achievement?

    You: What is the historical record of operations founded on loyalty where the person to whom everyone must show loyalty has a record of almost no reciprocal loyalty? ChatGPT: The historical record of operations or regimes founded on loyalty to a central figure who does not reciprocate that loyalty is marked by instability and often, […]
  • 12/05/2023: I asked Chat GPT to offer guidance to lawmakers offering their endorsement

    You: Pretend I am a lawmaker and I have taken an oath to defend the constitution, how should I decide whether to endorse a candidate for president who will take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. ChatGPT: In your role as a lawmaker who has taken an oath to defend the Constitution, […]
  • 12/05/2023: Hello! I see you sent me a text message!

    Hello! I see you’ve sent me a text! Is it urgent? If so, please call me. If not, please send me an email, that way I won’t think that in this world of constant interruption where we must have our guard double ready against mindless incursions, that you value my time so cheaply and yours […]
  • 12/02/2023: Discovering the photography of Saul Leiter

    Social media is a scourge, obviously. But I have been trying to respond to the negative effects of social media (cortisol-driving, attention-shredding, ego poking) with long-looking. Long-looking is the practice of spending a lot longer on an idea, piece of art, song, etc. than you normally would so that it give up additional meanings. If […]
  • 11/13/2023: What good is criticism

    I like this idea of criticism. (Colors are from my note taking).  It’s from an essay by Morgan Meis that can be found here. “Criticism does not stand outside the work of art, but stands alongside, maybe even inside, the work of art, participating in the work in order to further express and tease out […]
  • 11/03/2023: Thoughts on covering Donald Trump

  • 11/03/2023: Ray Bradbury punk rock graduation.

    Ray Bradbury was so poor growing up that in order to dress up for his graduation he had to wear his uncle’s suit. His uncle had died recently. The suite was the one he wore when he died. His uncle was shot. The suit still had the bullet hole in it. I learned that from […]