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The Krugman backlash
Posted by: Jon Henke on Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I must say, I'm quite enjoying the spectacle of the Left waking up to the fact that Paul Krugman is a persistently deceptive pundit. Tim Wu seems to think this is a new development, but at least he's finally noticed it...
I use Paul Krugman’s international economics textbook, and I generally liked some of his criticisms of the Bush adminstration during the first term. But he’s gone, as far as I can tell, completely bonkers. [...] As an academic or at least a former academic, Krugman has at least some vague duty to try to be analytically coherent. But he has fallen into the habit of creating categories (fine) and then desperately trying to shoehorn available data into them.
The New Republic's Isaac Chotiner asks "What is wrong with Paul Krugman", focusing on "Paul Krugman's shockingly incoherent" column about the Obama/Clinton fight...
Since Krugman has not been showing even fake evenhandedness for months now, I suppose this disclaimer should count as a step in the right direction. And what are the examples of "venom," anyway? Oh right, he doesn't have any, other than the obligatory reference to David Schuster's stupid comment about Chelsea Clinton.
[...]
What is Krugman talking about? I'm not sure why so many people were worried about hiring a professional operative like Bill Kristol as a Times columnist when it's Krugman who is so clearly in the tank.
Jason Linkins at Huffington Post realizes that Krugman is an awfully conveniently "concerned" pundit...
Ouroboros alert! Paul Krugman took to his increasingly ironically titled blog to bring you a live shot of the next (not-quite-as-great) unraveling. Unfortunately, it's Krugman's hand on the thread.
[snip Krugman worrying about [a backlash against Obamania"]
Yes. The media meme that Krugman helped...uhm...pimp, is starting to worry him. Funny how that works.
For what it's worth, I tend to agree with Krugman that the Left will eventually turn on Obama, but I think it will happen when they discover that his strategy of vague, inspirational rhetoric mostly turns out to be Hope-a-Dope.

As somebody else who had experience with Pundit Krugman once put it, "Paul Krugman has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantive assaults." (substantiating evidence for that here)

I, for one, welcome our new liberal company. Perhaps they will begin to understand that Krugman hasn't been the objective and accurate critic they've long thought he was.
 
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Perhaps they will begin to understand that Krugman hasn’t been the objective and accurate critic they’ve long thought he was.
Yeah, sure and my wife is Morgan Fairchild....

:)
 
Written By: capt joe
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use Paul Krugman’s international economics textbook, and I generally liked some of his criticisms of the Bush adminstration during the first term. But he’s gone, as far as I can tell, completely bonkers.
Well, there’s the story in a nutshell. Substitute Cindy Sheehan for Paul Krugman, and you have the same thing.

Yelling about Bush = you’re a hero.
Yelling about a Democrat..........well, you’re not going to fare as well.

I, for one, welcome our new liberal company
Feh. Just like with the crowd suddenly waking up to the Clintons, I guess it’s good they’re waking up but if this was a frat I’d haze them to the point of illegality before I’d welcomed them into the company.
 
Written By: shark
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Maybe I’m not as widely read as I should be, but did you come up with "Hope-a-Dope"? Because that is classic. If it’s yours, you need to trademark that before it’s too late.
 
Written By: Linus
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I’ve been pretty critical of Paul Krugman’s approach towards Obama. I don’t think he’s been fair to the guy. On the other hand, the guy is at least factually accurate - which is better than you can say about movement conservatives on, say, the FISA reform.

Krugman uses a sledgehammer, not a rapier, and he’s clearly not above careful selection of information to make his points look stronger than they really are. That puts him in good company with... you. And the rest of the authors here. And, of course, almost every blogger, reporter, salesman, politician, and argument-maker in the world.

If you’re trying to make a convincing argument against Paul Krugman - intellectually convincing - you’ll need to add something more distinct than "Paul isn’t nice to Barack, and the left complains".

 
Written By: glasnost
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Maybe I’m not as widely read as I should be, but did you come up with "Hope-a-Dope"?
I thought of it independently, but I doubt I’m the first to have done so.
I’ve been pretty critical of Paul Krugman’s approach towards Obama. I don’t think he’s been fair to the guy. On the other hand, the guy is at least factually accurate ...
If you’re trying to make a convincing argument against Paul Krugman - intellectually convincing - you’ll need to add something more distinct than "Paul isn’t nice to Barack, and the left complains".
No he’s not, and yes, I have. It’s linked above, and covered thoroughly in the archives of this blog.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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If you’re trying to make a convincing argument against Paul Krugman - intellectually convincing - you’ll need to add something more distinct than "Paul isn’t nice to Barack, and the left complains".
wow, just wow. Pass that coolaid man. :)
 
Written By: capt joe
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You are wrong, of course. He has letters after his name and is on television and has written lots of stuff. He is, therefore, an expert. Any logical and rational person who does not let their emotions lead them astray would accept that reality, instead of trying desperately to discredit him with unsound ad hominem attacks. He is a respected perfesser of the dismal science, and you really cannot expect us to take your word as to his qualifications over that of several bunches of respected perfessers of dismal scientitude who repeatedly selected him to teach at highly respected and world reknowned institutions of higher learning.

So there.
 
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