NYT Proves Paul Krugman’s Point About Ryan

In his New York Times column on Monday (8/9/10), headlined “The Flimflam Man,” Paul Krugman took aim at Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, who has emerged as the GOP’s big thinker on budgets: One depressing aspect of American politics is the susceptibility of the political and media establishment to charlatans. You might have thought, given past experience, that D.C. insiders would be on their guard against conservatives with grandiose plans. But no: As long as someone on the right claims to have bold new proposals, he’s hailed as an innovative thinker. And nobody checks his arithmetic. Krugman explains that Ryan’s plan–big […]


Missing the Point on Shirley Sherrod

The lesson of the Shirley Sherrod story would seem to be a simple one:A conservative blogger with a history of promoting inaccurate, racially chargedstories published another one, and people in the media (not to mention the White House) fell for it–again. But New York Times reporter Matt Bai wrote a piece in the paper’s Week in Review section (7/25/10) that soughtto make things a lot more complicated. Under the headline, “Race: Still Too Hot to Touch,” Bai laments that the country is still not having a meaningful discussion about race: In many ways, Ms. Sherrod’s ordeal followed a depressingly familiar […]


We’re All Deficit Hawks–Not

Senate Democrats are having trouble passing a spending bill that would, among other things, extend unemployment benefits and deliver much-needed financial aid to cash-starved states. Today the New York Times (6/18/10) explained the legislative logjam this way: The spending and tax measure has become caught up in intensifying politics around deficit spending as members of both parties, reacting to rising public concern, have grown reluctant to vote for measures that add to federal red ink. Reacting to public concern? As we’ve noted before, there is far more public concern that the government is not doing enough to stimulate job growth. […]