Krugman Nails The Media: Hillary is being Gored

Read the whole thing here. The money quote:

Americans of a certain age who follow politics and policy closely still have vivid memories of the 2000 election — bad memories, and not just because the man who lost the popular vote somehow ended up in office. For the campaign leading up to that end game was nightmarish too.

You see, one candidate, George W. Bush, was dishonest in a way that was unprecedented in U.S. politics. Most notably, he proposed big tax cuts for the rich while insisting, in raw denial of arithmetic, that they were targeted for the middle class. These campaign lies presaged what would happen during his administration — an administration that, let us not forget, took America to war on false pretenses.

Yet throughout the campaign most media coverage gave the impression that Mr. Bush was a bluff, straightforward guy, while portraying Al Gore — whose policy proposals added up, and whose critiques of the Bush plan were completely accurate — as slippery and dishonest. Mr. Gore’s mendacity was supposedly demonstrated by trivial anecdotes, none significant, some of them simply false. No, he never claimed to have invented the internet. But the image stuck.

And right now I and many others have the sick, sinking feeling that it’s happening again.

Report honestly.  Please.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on September 5, 2016 - 3:30 pm

    I suspect journalists are taking revenge on Hillary, who hasn’t held a press conference all year. Frequently reporters trying to cover her campaign can’t even get a glimpse of the candidate.

    It’s not fair to pick on Hillary, but OTOH who wants a President who (1) is very likely to commit our nation to more unwinnable wars halfway around the world and (2) won’t allow anybody to ask questions?

    Both major-party candidates are distrusted by a majority of Americans. Our political system is broken.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on September 5, 2016 - 5:43 pm

    It’s as if the corporations purposely keep the elections too close to call, even during the night of the election, so they can decide who they want right before morning.

    How did we get to the point that we have a racist billionaire brat, having any chance to govern us?

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on September 5, 2016 - 9:48 pm

      Trump is probably the easiest Tea-GOP candidate for Hillary to beat. But she’s making it look hard, by throwing away progressives and Independents and courting anti-Trump neocons and Wall Street billionaires.

      • #4 by Larry Bergan on September 5, 2016 - 11:27 pm

        You’re right. Democrats just can’t seem to get that they’re supposed to be Democrats.

  3. #5 by Richard Warnick on September 6, 2016 - 6:42 am

    CNN/ORC poll has Trump leading within the margin of error, 45% to 43%.

  4. #6 by Richard Warnick on September 7, 2016 - 8:43 am

    Glenn Greenwald has the perfect response to Krugman’s Hillary shilling.

    The Unrelenting Pundit-Led Effort to Delegitimize All Negative Reporting About Hillary Clinton

    Krugman’s column, chiding the media for its unfairly negative coverage of his beloved candidate, was, predictably, a big hit among Democrats — not just because of their agreement with its content but because of what they regarded as the remarkable courage required to publicly defend someone as marginalized and besieged as the former first lady, two-term New York senator, secretary of state, and current establishment-backed multimillionaire presidential front-runner. Krugman — in a tweet proclamation that has now been re-tweeted more than 10,000 times — heralded himself this way: “I was reluctant to write today’s column because I knew journos would hate it. But it felt like a moral duty.”

    …Contrary to Krugman’s purported expectation, countless Clinton-supporting journalists rushed to express praise for Krugman. Indeed, with very few exceptions, U.S. elites across the board — from both parties, spanning multiple ideologies — are aligned with unprecedented unity against Donald Trump. The last thing required to denounce him, or to defend Hillary Clinton, is bravery.

    …It should be the opposite of surprising, or revealing, that pundits loyally devoted to a particular candidate dislike all reporting that reflects negatively on that candidate. There is probably no more die-hard Clinton loyalist in the U.S. media than Paul Krugman.

    …And now he’s assigned himself the role as Arbiter of Proper Journalism, and — along with virtually all other Clinton-supporting pundits and journalists — has oh-so-surprisingly ruled that all journalism that reflects poorly on Hillary Clinton is unsubstantiated, biased, and deceitful.

    …It’s very common for political factions to believe that they’re persecuted and victimized. Even with the overwhelming bulk of the national media so openly aligned against Trump — with an endless array of investigative stories showing Trump to be an unscrupulous con artist and pathological liar — Clinton supporters seem to genuinely believe that the media is actually biased against their candidate.

    The reality is that large, pro-Clinton liberal media platforms — such as Vox, and the Huffington Post, and prime-time MSNBC programs, and the columnists and editorialists of the New York Times and the Washington Post, and most major New York-based weekly magazines — have been openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton. I don’t personally see anything wrong with that — I’m glad when journalists shed their faux objectivity; I believe the danger of Trump’s candidacy warrants that; and I hope this candor continues past the November election — but the everyone-is-against-us self-pity from Clinton partisans is just a joke. They are the dominant voices in elite media discourse, and it’s a big reason why Clinton is highly likely to win.

    • #7 by Larry Bergan on September 8, 2016 - 8:59 pm

      I was distraught to find out Krugman was going to strongly oppose my dream candidate, Bernie Sanders, but I have to say that Krugman truly was the “Arbiter of Proper Journalism” during the W. Bush years. Nobody else was doing it at the time.

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