With some news stories, it's hard to predict the future, but that doesn't stop today's pundits, critics and reporters from opining on it. This is an era "when reporters are unapologetic about making judgments... a new informality that has entered into mainstream reporting. Pundits judge and predict. Reporters judge and predict. Experts judge and predict. This is all the new normal. Perhaps in late recognition that the journalistic era of the ex cathedra proclamation is over, the major papers have evacuated the objectivity throne and torn it to pieces. For better and worse, there is no longer a newspaper of record."
You or I , may find a pundit or reporter's 'prophecies' plausible or we may well consider them no-brainers. "But it’s worth dwelling for a moment on what they signify about the new journalistic voice" using the 'I.'