Literally, the Italian word for fennel. Colloquially, it means a gay person in the same pejorative sense as fag or faggot. As a literary sidelight, when Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man, he hid it in a fennel stalk.
The universe of the mainstream media (pundits) talking heads who tell the general population what to think. Their aim is to influence the political landscape by their erudite utterances. Their stock and trade is opinion, rather than fact with both generally being pulled out of their asses. The punditocracy thinks more of itself than those who listen to it.
Rush Limbaugh. Robert Novack. Ann Coulter. Cal Thomas.