May 8, 2006


Man, do I ever miss reading Paul Krugman since the NYT put his stuff behind a pay site....

Thankfully, Atrios provides a glimpse at one of his latest.

The truth is that many of the people who throw around terms like "loopy conspiracy theories" are lazy bullies who, as Zachary Roth put it on CJR Daily, The Columbia Journalism Review's Web site, want to "confer instant illegitimacy on any argument with which they disagree." Instead of facing up to hard questions, they try to suggest that anyone who asks those questions is crazy.

Indeed, right-wing pundits have consistently questioned the sanity of Bush critics; "It looks as if Al Gore has gone off his lithium again," said Charles Krauthammer, the Washington Post columnist, after Mr. Gore gave a perfectly sensible if hard-hitting speech. Even moderates have tended to dismiss the administration's harsh critics as victims of irrational Bush hatred. But now those harsh critics have been vindicated.

And it turns out that many of the administration supporters can't handle the truth. They won't admit that they built a personality cult around a man who has proved almost pathetically unequal to the job.

Nor will they admit that opponents of the Iraq war, whom they called traitors for warning that invading Iraq was a mistake, have been proved right. So they have taken refuge in the belief that a vast conspiracy of America-haters in the media is hiding the good news from the public.

Unlike the crazy conspiracy theories of the left — which do exist, but are supported only by a tiny fringe — the crazy conspiracy theories of the right are supported by important people: powerful politicians, television personalities with large audiences. And we can safely predict that these people will never concede that they were wrong.

When the Iraq venture comes to a bad end, they won't blame those who led us into the quagmire; they'll claim that it was all the fault of the liberal media, which stabbed our troops in the back.


At 5/08/2006 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Al Gore N' Glory was raising awareness for the very real, very dangerous and really, really nasty Man-Bear-Pig...

Be, very scared... ManBearPig may be around the next corner...

At 5/08/2006 9:27 AM, Blogger diehard said...

How about that extra highjacker? Zerkowi or whatever. Where did they find this mentally ill vagrent to become a scapegoat for 9/11!
The hope of the Bush Administration is that the victims families will focus on this person who needs medicine.
And stop looking at hoods like Cheney, Wolfawitz etc as being responceable!
And how about that movie Flight 93?
Isn;t most of that movie pure conjecture?
Is there any foundation of truth in this movie?

At 5/09/2006 5:51 PM, Blogger diehard said...

I heard Oliver Stone is making a movie about 9/11.
That should be interesting!


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