Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Krugman: "Who's Crazy Now?"

Since Krugman's columns require a subscription, here's the text:
The truth is that many of the people who throw around terms like "loopy conspiracy theories" are lazy bullies who, as Zachary Roth put it on CJR Daily, The Columbia Journalism Review's Web site, want to "confer instant illegitimacy on any argument with which they disagree." Instead of facing up to hard questions, they try to suggest that anyone who asks those questions is crazy.

Indeed, right-wing pundits have consistently questioned the sanity of Bush critics; "It looks as if Al Gore has gone off his lithium again," said Charles Krauthammer, the Washington Post columnist, after Mr. Gore gave a perfectly sensible if hard-hitting speech. Even moderates have tended to dismiss the administration's harsh critics as victims of irrational Bush hatred.

But now those harsh critics have been vindicated. And it turns out that many of the administration supporters can't handle the truth. They won't admit that they built a personality cult around a man who has proved almost pathetically unequal to the job. Nor will they admit that opponents of the Iraq war, whom they called traitors for warning that invading Iraq was a mistake, have been proved right. So they have taken refuge in the belief that a vast conspiracy of America-haters in the media is hiding the good news from the public.

Unlike the crazy conspiracy theories of the left — which do exist, but are supported only by a tiny fringe — the crazy conspiracy theories of the right are supported by important people: powerful politicians, television personalities with large audiences. And we can safely predict that these people will never concede that they were wrong. When the Iraq venture comes to a bad end, they won't blame those who led us into the quagmire; they'll claim that it was all the fault of the liberal media, which stabbed our troops in the back.
Reprinted from Paul Krugman's column in The New York Times

Bonus Link: Poll: Dim View Of Bush, GOP, Bush Disappoints On Key Issues; Democrats In Congress Trump GOP


Granny said...

Thanks. I miss my NYT columnists but I refuse on principle to submit to what I consider a slap in the face.

The columnists behind the firewall are, for the most part, the liberals who I was reading daily. I might have considered an annual subscription to the entire paper but I don't like this and I've told them so several times.

SheaNC said...

I've found that if you Google the article title, you can find the full text reprinted at different sites. One I like that usually has them is CommonDreans.org. I think there's even a site devoted to reproducing Krugman's articles!

SheaNC said...

Sorry, bad spelling: it's www.commondreams.org

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