Krugman: Conservative Views About Debt Ceiling Should Be Censored From News Reports

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Artful D0dger, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Tuesday said it was a "moral issue" for the press to censor conservative views about the debt ceiling.

    Quite shockingly, the Nobel laureate took to his blog to complain that the news media are being too fair and balanced in their coverage of this highly contentious issue:

    Watching our system deal with the debt ceiling crisis — a wholly self-inflicted crisis, which may nonetheless have disastrous consequences — it’s increasingly obvious that what we’re looking at is the destructive influence of a cult that has really poisoned our political system.

    And no, I don’t mean the fanaticism of the right. Well, OK, that too. But my feeling about those people is that they are what they are; you might as well denounce wolves for being carnivores. Crazy is what they do and what they are.

    No, the cult that I see as reflecting a true moral failure is the cult of balance, of centrism.

    Wow! Balance and centrism is a "true moral failure":

    So what do most news reports say? They portray it as a situation in which both sides are equally partisan, equally intransigent — because news reports always do that.

    I'm not sure what news reports Krugman has been watching, but the ones we've been monitoring at NewsBusters concerning this matter have been anything but balanced.

    The take for weeks has been that taxes must be raised to solve this problem and that it is the Republicans - and, in particular, Tea Party freshmen in the House - that are refusing to "compromise."

    A new Media Research Center study on this issue found that ABC, CBS, and NBC have consistently cast the GOP as the villains in this debate.

    But Krugman in his strange world doesn't see it that way:

    What all this means is that there is no penalty for extremism; no way for most voters, who get their information on the fly rather than doing careful study of the issues, to understand what’s really going on...And yes, I think this is a moral issue.

    So, in Krugman's view, it has become a "moral issue" for the news media to only report the side he agrees with. To solve this, he is advocating the press censor reports attempting to present the view from the right.

    And he works for one of the largest newspapers in the country.

    It's getting really scary out there, folks.

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  2. Max E.

    Max E.

    LOL, I love reading anything by Krugman, if i was a lefty i would be embarassed by him, he is like the Glenn Beck of the left. Maybe instead of censoring conservatives, we should be censoring economists who are clearly far to stupid/partisan to actually provide any kind of reasonable economic commentary.
  3. Ricter


    Go read his blog entry, then, and not this cut and commentary paste hack job.
  4. This has been a favorite complaint of liberals since the mainstream media lost their hegemony. Reporting both sides of an issue infuriates them because apparently the media's job is to steer the public tothe correct, ie liberal, viewpoint and giving them both sides complicates that task.

    They have been particularly adamant on this about climate change. First, they try to deligitimize skeptics by saying they are out of the mainstream or deniers. Then, they demand that they be censored because they are discredited. Of course, it is the exact antithesis of how science is supposed to work andhow journalists like to pretend they are unbiased. I guess that's why hearing "fair and balanced" and "we report, you decide" makes them so crazy.
  5. Ricter


    If so you can quit crying about the MSM.

    Anyway, the point is that if the agenda is skewed, so will be the discussion.
  6. jem


    I would like to see the debt ceiling not raised..
    the debt paid.
    no more bonds issued
    an instruction to the IRS to cross reference all the checks going out against income and means test the entire federal govt dole.

    While congress gets the ball to raise the retirement age and means test all govt give aways.

    We can no longer afford the irresponsible nature of the give aways.

    So lets be an intelligent and still compassionate country and means test.

    Lets also ration medical spending too.
    If you do not have private insurance you will get a p.a or nurse for most situations... just like an hmo.

    you will not get extraordinary care. etc.

    By the way... I think for the most part we can begin to phase out a few branches of govt..

    Education (just give 20% of the money to the states)
    Oversees military should be cut by 80%
    Maybe bring the marines back into the navy
    Fed govt workers get pay cut by 20% over 10 years...
    Giving them time to get other better private sector jobs. (yeah right)
    Means test Congressional pay. If they spend million on a campaign they do need our tax dollars.
    I am pretty sure we do not need to be giving money to millionaire farmers and farm corps. But we might want to use some of those subsides for a few years to make a one time payment to all farm land in exchange for a covenant to only use the land for farm land going forward.
    Now that the data shows that CO2 buildup is not causing climate change.. lets cut the ethanol subsidies.

    Thats just a start.
  7. Illum


    "moral issue" for the press to censor

    This can not be for real?!?

    Have we fallen this far?

    These people can not be reasoned with. They are communist scum. The more you simply debate them, the more you lose your freedom.
  8. rew


    Krugman deserves his Nobel Prize like I deserve the NBA Most Valuable Player award. (Or like Barrack Obama deserves his Nobel Peace Prize.)
  9. rew


    I read his commentary. He calls Obama a centrist. Krugman is a fool.
  10. So you want news skewed from both angles.

    Fair enough. You catch people trying to convince you of both things you might have a chance at taking advantage of their moves.
    #10     Jul 28, 2011