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May 6th, 2011
01:45 AM ET

From Scottish Elections to Summary Executions: The Art of Spawning Speculation

From Abbottabad to Aberdeen, speculation is rife.

On Sunday night, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer had us in the palm of his hand. Carefully chosen words ensured that we stayed tuned to hear the headline news he was harboring.

“I suspect I know what’s going on, but I don’t want to speculate at this point.”

Closely followed by…

“Other news organizations are wildly speculating right now.”

Well, if they’re “wildly” speculating, then we probably shouldn’t reach for the remote, should we? Blitzer thought it more prudent to tantalize us – and we were, in turn, almost subliminally moved to indulge in a little “safe” speculation of our own…

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