Skip to comments.Krugman Makes a Fool of Himself: 'The Press Just Doesn't Know How to Handle Flat Out Untruths'
Posted on 10/07/2012 6:14:21 PM PDT by Kaslin
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made a fool of himself on ABC's This Week Sunday.
Seconds after claiming "The press just doesn't know how to handle flat out untruths," Krugman called factual misstatements by President Obama during Wednesday's debate "minor fudges" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: But can -- I don't want to skip by without talking about the facts issue, because Romney...
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: We have plenty of time coming up.
KRUGMAN: I don't know whether to blame Lehrer or blame the president but it was kind of amazing because Romney was not only saying things that are not true, he was saying things that his own campaign had previously said weren't true. The one that got me was not the stuff about taxes but the thing about covering people with pre-existing conditions which his plan does not, which he has said that before and his campaign has walked it back in the past and there he was right again saying, well, my plan covers people with pre-existing conditions which is displaying a kind of contempt to the public...
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you think it's the moderator's job to call him on that...
KRUGMAN: No, I'm not sure whose job it is, but it is -- there's a contempt for the whole process. There's a contempt for us people, because he's thinking the news media will not cover me on this, as long as they say it forcefully they'll say I won, which is more of the ways...
MARY MATALIN: Oh, you're going to say the press is against Obama now?
KRUGMAN: The press just doesn't know how to handle flat out untruths.
Amazing. This from a man who is regularly exposed for telling blatant untruths, even by his own paper's ombudsman.
In fact, minutes later Matalin said to Krugman, "You're hardly credible on calling somebody else a liar."
But the fun didn't end there:
JAMES CARVILLE: Look, they asked one time Lee Trevino, great golfer, who was having trouble with putting and they asked him if he thought he needed a new putter and he famously said, no, it's not the arrow it's the Indian. OK. It's not Jim Lehrer. President Obama was sitting right there. He would have confronted Governor Romney on any number of issues and drawn the distinction.
KRUGMAN: But isn't our job, at least partly, to actually never mind that the quality of the theatrical performance but to ask about, were there untruths spoken in that debate and there were a lot.
PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: That was the president's job.
JONATHAN KARL, ABC: To be clear, I mean, President Obama also was loose with the facts.
KRUGMAN: No, they were, they were minor fudges.
Yes, seconds after claiming "The press just doesn't know how to handle flat out untruths," Krugman called Obama's factual misrepresentations "minor fudges."
You really can't make this stuff up. But he wasn't done making a fool of himself:
KARL: He said he had a $4 trillion plan to cut the deficit.
KRUGMAN: So it's about 3.2 trillion done right.
KARL He said health care premiums were rising at the slowest rate in 50 years neither of those was true.
KRUGMAN: Those are minor compared with the things that Romney said.
"Those are minor compared with the things that Romney said."
This from a man who moments earlier said, "The press just doesn't know how to handle flat out untruths."
Physician - heal thyself!
There was a lot of lead paint where he grew up. It stunted his growth and damaged his brain
He’s right. If they did, Krugman would have been cancelled long ago.
Another Nobel Prize winning idiot!
He believes the stimulus wasn’t big enough.
Pray for America
Don’t you just love Eggheads playing fast and loose with our money.
I like that!
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Didn't like 30 of them of a certain age make their careers out of calling Nixon out on about half of what he said as lies? What happened? Are none of them capable of rising to the professional quality of that dope Dan Rather? That's fairly telling
In other news, it has been discovered that the Pope is Catholic.
No fair picking on Krugman. He’s too easy a target.
Have another drink Paul....
Paul Krugman fails to debunk information in a Newsweek article, written by Niall Ferguson, from this weekend titled “ “Hit the Road, Barack: Why We Need a New President.”
Krugman’s failure stems from the fact that he attempts to call the writer of the Newsweek piece “unethical” while Krugman himself misrepresents the CBO report he links to, deliberately misleading his own readers about the costs and increased deficit projections of Obamacare.
Niall Ferguson quickly responds showing Krugman for the liar he is:
In my piece I say: “The president pledged that health-care reform would not add a cent to the deficit. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation now estimate that the insurance-coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of close to $1.2 trillion over the 201222 period.”
Krugman counters in his Conscience of a Liberal blog by saying: The ACA would reduce, not increase, the deficitbecause the insurance subsidies were fully paid for. But I very deliberately said the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA, not the ACA. There is a big difference.
Krugman suggests that I haven’t read the CBO’s March 2010 report.
Sorry, I have, and here is what it says:
only if 0bimbo says it. If Romney says it, it is a lie.
Have another drink Paul....
He’s way out of his league.
The little league.......
The thing I noticed the most about his appearance on “This Week” is how intimidated he was by Mary Matalin.
Krugman is a dweeb who feeling himself sliding down a slope, but rather than shutting his trap and hanging on, seeks to have others throw him a rope so they can all plummet to their peril..
You can’t make a “fool” out of an existing “fool”, only a “Bigger Fool” or a “Hyper-Fool” or a “Super-Fool”.
Krugman qualifies for all three and any other super-appellation that comes down the pike include “Marxist Schmuck”, “Voodo Economist”, “Goat Face”, and “Dufus Extraordinaire”.
To #8 Musicman. Photographic proof that Krugman is a marxist pain in the ass.
Thanks for showing the world who he really is.
[My Gastroenterologist would say about Krugman in this photo - “I wouldn’t touch that with a ten foot pair of electrical cutters”.
The press doesn’t know how to handle flat-out untruths? That’s a slander! A slander, I say! They not only know how to handle them, they ship them in bulk. Humph. The very idea.
The man is a fool and very ignorant of economics
Disgusting. There is nothing good about these people.
This country used to operate economically under a gold standard. Became the envy of the world.
Now, it operates under a Ph.D standard. God help us all.
Krugman’s not an egghead. That term implies intellect - Krugman’s pure knee jerk liberal... and as predictable as Chris Matthews.
So, after four days, the Democrats and their MSM supporters have finally come up with their Big Lie to explain Obama’s failure at Wednesday’s debate — Romney lied.
Yet during those four days, the Democrats and the MSM were so busy explaining Obama’s poor performance by blaming Jim Lehrer, the altitude in Denver, Obama’s failure to bring up Bain Capital and Romney’s 47% statement that they never focused on any particular lie Romney might have made.
And they still can’t find a so-called Romney lie to be collectively outraged over and excoriate on the Sunday talk shows, because there wasn’t one. So they have to repeat, He lied! He lied! He lied! hoping foolish voters will believe them.
It’s interesting that Democrats should be so outraged now by lying, seeing that when their beloved Bill Clinton was convicted of perjury before a grand jury and was forced to give up his law license, the very same Democrats defended him fiercely by implying that lying, even under oath, was not such a big deal.
The smartest democrat in the world is helpless without the teleprompter and media.
Obama is a myth created by the media.
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Trying to figure out why this is considered "news". It's the equivalent of a headline saying "The sun came up this morning".
Thus...Romney was accurate, and Krugman is not.
Paul Krugman Ellsworth Toohey
I was gripped with horror. Id spent months debunking and defanging Krugman; but until I saw that cheering audience, Id never really grasped the vastness of the force I was dealing with. It wasnt just Krugman; it was the millions of people who adore him, who already believe the kinds of things to which he merely gives voice, and who made him possible in the first place. I just wanted to get out and go back to my hotel and take a shower.