kurtz on krugman
Washington Post media columnist Howard Kurtz has taken another look at columnist--and relentless Bush critic--Paul Krugman, which qoutes the one-time Reagan staffer as saying:
"I certainly am angry," he says in a quiet monotone that doesn't quite match his rhetoric. "I just resent being lied to. We've been lied to a lot, and I'm scared. I think we're talking about levels of irresponsibility here that have real consequences."
"It's a very uncomfortable thing to question the honesty and motives of your leaders," the Princeton academic says. "I'm saying that the men who are controlling our destiny are lying. Not many journalists or many people want to confront them. . . . I probably have a bloody-mindedness that a longtime journalist wouldn't."
Last November, Kurtz gave Krugman prominent mention in his Media Notes column, headlining it--accurately--as "The Man Who Calls Bush a Liar," which linked to this Washington Monthly profile of the economist/columnist.
Krugman argues that the White House is pulling the wool over our eyes – on the economy, on Social Security, on corporate malfeasance, on just about everything. (Hence the title of his book, "Fuzzy Math.") He doesn't mince words and doesn't let up. No post-ironic detachment here. No "on the other hand" temporizing. He sticks it to the president week after week under headlines like "Clueless in Crawford."
That column provides a number of juicy Krugman quotes; here's one of my favorites:
"The shifting rationale for the Bush tax cut – it's about giving back the surplus; no, it's a demand stimulus; no, it's a supply-side policy – should have warned us that this was an obsession in search of a justification. The shifting rationale for war with Iraq – Saddam Hussein was behind Sept. 11 and the anthrax attacks; no, but he's on the verge of developing nuclear weapons; no, but he's a really evil man (which he is) – has a similar feel."