n. Pundits, experts, analysts, and other commentators.
The polls showed that people did not trust [Clinton], even more than they did not trust him the week before; but they still supported him. It could only be a matter of time, official Washington was deciding, before the proletariat caught up with the Commentariat.
—Andrew Marshall, “Fourteen Days That…Shook the President,” The Independent (London), August 23, 1998
Jean Chretien's Liberals, with deep-seated strength in Ontario, still have to be considered the odds-on favourite across the nation to win the next election, despite impressive recent Tory gains under Kim Campbell. But among Quebec's nationalist-minded commentariat, native son Chretien is dead in the water.
—Giles Gherson, “Bloc's prospects are bad news for Tories and Liberals — and Canada,” The Globe and Mail (Canada), September 01, 1993
1993 (earliest)
The commentariat has also had its problems, particularly, in our view, in coming to terms with the new administration. It keeps shifting the standard of judgment.
—“The Hundred Days' War,” The Washington Post, April 29, 1993
See punditariat for an explanation of the pseudo-suffix -ariat.
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