If Diogenes went to Chicago they would have stolen his lamp


Paul Krugman:

Lies, Damned Lies, And Elections

As we wait to see whether the GOP nominates the guy who claims that his health plan was nothing like Obamacare, oh no, or the guy who claims that Freddie Mac paid him $1.6 million as a historian, one thing is obvious: this election is going to pose a major challenge to the news media. How will they handle the lies problem?

I’m not optimistic.

Back in 2000, George W. Bush made a discovery of enormous consequence: you could base a whole political campaign on claims that were flatly untrue, like the claim that your big tax cuts for the wealthy went to the middle class, or the claim that diverting Social Security funds into private accounts would strengthen the system’s finances, and reporting would never point this out. That’s when I formulated my doctrine that if Bush said the earth was flat, headlines would read Views Differ on Shape of Planet.

All indications are, however, that Campaign 2012 will make Campaign 2000 look like a model of truthfulness. And all indications are that the press won’t know what to do — or, worse, that they will know what to do, which is act as stenographers and refuse to tell readers and listeners when candidates lie. Because to do otherwise when the parties aren’t equally at fault — and they won’t be — would be “biased”.


Gee Paul, you’re being a little disingenuous yourself. You work for the news media. What are YOU gonna do? Back in 2000, the newspaper you work for spent a lot of time trying to convince people that Al Gore was an habitual liar. Have you ever fact-checked their reporting?

Let me rewrite that middle paragraph:

Back in 2000 2008, George W. Bush Barack Obama made a discovery of enormous consequence: you could base a whole political campaign on claims that were flatly untrue, like the claim that your big tax cuts for the wealthy went to the middle class you consistently opposed the war in Iraq, or the claim that diverting Social Security funds into private accounts would strengthen the system’s finances, and reporting would never point this out Hillary Clinton was running a racist campaign. That’s when I formulated my doctrine that if Bush Obama said the earth was flat, headlines would read Views Differ on Hillary Lied About Shape of Planet.


Everything Obama says is a lie, including “and” and “the.”

You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
– John 8:44



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27 Responses to If Diogenes went to Chicago they would have stolen his lamp

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Then there’s Jonathan Martin at Politico….who blindsided Cain with sexual allegations…..

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/69710.html

    Cain, who exited the race Saturday over allegations of sexual impropriety, demonstrated that candidates still must have a grasp on the issues, possess some degree of political experience and retain a competent staff.

    Antipathy toward Washington may be soaring, but outsider status isn’t sufficient by itself to overcome deeper flaws.

    I guess he knows what’s best for us too, eh?

  2. OldCoastie says:

    Yup. I’m not over it either.

    I find it jaw-dropping how much of a pass Obama gets at every turn.

  3. fif says:

    Every day there is another preposterous charge by the Dems & the media as they panic about 2012–something that they are blatantly guilty of themselves. Are they deliberately lying and/or delusional? It’s hard to imagine they are that stupid, to not see their own relentless bias and hypocrisy.

    Is this seriously shaping up to be Newt/Obama? Just when you think it can’t get anymore depressing…out of 311 million people, this is the best we can do?!

  4. votermom says:

  5. yttik says:

    That candidate’s forum that Huckabee just did was great, in terms of actually creating a forum where people could become acquainted with the candidates. It was almost like real journalism. None of the candidates themselves really impressed me, but it was a good way of presenting them without any biases, opinions, and gotcha moments.

    The press, and a lot of the politicos, including Krugman, want dirty laundry. They want conflict, controversy, ugliness. The problem is we don’t get accurate information when various pundits are all about themselves and their opinions. It’s all about them and their egos and actual political journalism just goes under the bus.

    • myiq2xu says:

      My biggest problem with the way the media covers candidates is the inconsistency. Take Obama and Palin for example.

      Obama wrote an autobiography and the media took it as gospel. They wanted to inspect Palin’s uterus.

      They should have been treated exactly the same – and I would rather see all candidates getting Palinized than getting a free ride.

      • yttik says:

        There is a double standard, but I think maybe we spend too much time bringing smut up on candidates. Clinton for example, was a great president in spite of his dirty laundry. I think there are many things we don’t need to know, like Palin’s alleged bogus affair with a basketball player in college. True or false, something like that says nothing about her ability to lead.

        In a way, Obama was vetted, at least we knew of most of the controversies, but what the media did was worse, they spun the issues away. He’s just a guy in my neighborhood, he’s just the minister of a church i sat in for 20 years….

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’d enjoy muckracking media politics and SNL more if they included Obama as a target.

  6. OT but ROFL- I picked this link up at Uppity’s
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/occupier_gets_an_occupation_o8x0D8DkpsWB60rSMhcEgP

    She’s gone from Occupy Wall Street to occupying a job on Wall Street.
    snip
    The Upper West Sider, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical science specializing in pharmacology, was unemployed and had all but given up on finding work in her preferred field of academia when she joined the movement in October.
    snip
    On the front, she wrote, “Ph.D. Biomedical Scientist seeking full time employment,” and on the back, “Ask me for my resume.”

    She got a job with one of the big, evil, greedy capitalist Wall St firms!

  7. HELENK says:

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/05/news/economy/gasoline_export/index.htm?hpt=hp_t2

    what is wrong with this picture???
    The USA is EXPORTING more gasoline then ever

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