Paul Krugman — Beyond Hackery

Somehow, the sharp-eyed editors and fact-checkers at the NYT missed this howler from esteemed liberal columnist Paul Krugman: “Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right.  It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be ‘armed and dangerous’ without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.”

At PowerLine, John Hinderaker takes down Krugman nicely: 

My guess is that Krugman has no idea when Michele referred to being “armed and dangerous,” or why, or what the rest of the sentence was. Krugman’s biggest problem isn’t that he is stupid. His biggest problem is that he is lazy. He is incapable of doing even the most rudimentary research, which is why his columns rarely contain many facts, and when they do, his “facts” are often wrong.

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For the record, here is what Michele said: “I’m going to have materials for people when they leave. I want people armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax, because we need to fight back.” Yes, that’s right: she wanted Minnesotans to be armed with “materials”–facts and arguments–not guns. If this is the best example of “eliminationist rhetoric” that the far left can come up with, you can see how absurdly weak the claims of Krugman and his fellow haters are.

I will focus on a different part of Krugman’s statement: “It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be ‘armed and dangerous’ without being ostracized.”  Really? 

Imagine one Paul Kanjorski, former Democratic Representative, who said this about Rick Scott, now the Republican Governor of Florida — “‘Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.”  Instead of being ostracized, Kanjorski is writing OpEd pieces for Krugman’s own newspaper lecturing the rest of us to be more civil in our political discourse.

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Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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