For someone who so often is praised for his superior intellect, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman lays a big, fat moronic turd today.
His column, titled “The Big Hate,” is so full of generalizations, distortions and grossly flawed arguments that one has to wonder whether the Swedes will be asking for the Nobel back (though, considering they’ve also given one to Jimmy Carter, they may be OK with it). He begins thusly:
Back in April, there was a huge fuss over an internal report by the Department of Homeland Security warning that current conditions resemble those in the early 1990s — a time marked by an upsurge of right-wing extremism that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Conservatives were outraged. The chairman of the Republican National Committee denounced the report as an attempt to “segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration” and label them as terrorists.
But with the murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic, closely followed by a shooting by a white supremacist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the analysis looks prescient.
There is, however, one important thing that the D.H.S. report didn’t say: Today, as in the early years of the Clinton administration but to an even greater extent, right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.
He then goes on to malign Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, John Voight, Mitch McConnell, The Washington Times and the Republican National Committee — suggesting in a fatuous assertion that all are to blame for the terror caused by “right-wing extremists.”
Krugman, a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, is conveniently oblivious to the fact that James Von Brunn, Wednesday’s shooter at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, was anything but “right-wing.” He hated the Republican Party, John McCain, both presidents with the last name Bush and touted socialism as the “future of the West.”
What’s more, FBI agents visited the offices of The Weekly Standard, telling staffers they had found the conservative magazine’s address among Von Brunn’s effects. According to Krugman, The Weekly Standard must be a bastion of liberalism in order to be targeted by such a “right-wing extremist.”
Krugman is following the template of the left during the 1990s — when bad things happen, blame conservatives in the media. Back then it was used in pursuit of reviving the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.” The argument rings just as hollow now as it did then.
He concludes his column like this:
… the analysts at Homeland Security fretted that things may turn out even worse than in the 1990s — that thanks, in part, to the election of an African-American president, “the threat posed by lone wolves and small terrorist cells is more pronounced than in past years.”
And that’s a threat to take seriously. Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.
Krugman would have us believe that the “conservative media and political establishment” are responsible for the actions of Von Brunn and Scott Roeder, George Tiller’s shooter. According to Krugman’s senseless logic, conservatives are to blame for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and their bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
If that’s true, then whom does Krugman blame for the actions of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who shot William Long — who died — and Quinton Ezeagwula outside a Little Rock military recruiting office June 1? Should we condemn President Barack Obama for his efforts to make nice with the “Muslim world?” Or how about Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? What of MSNBC?
Whom should we castigate for inciting unibomber Ted Kaczynski? What of the terrorist attacks of Bill Ayers and the Weathermen? Do we blame the rhetoric of “liberal media” like The New York Times and the Democratic National Committee?
Should we then assert that Krugman be blamed for suicide bombings in Jerusalem because he shares the honor of winning a Nobel Prize with Yasser Arafat — who received his own in 1994?
No. That would be absurd.
And so is Paul Krugman.
Glenn Beck unloads on Krugman
I’m the biggest Beck fan, but he layed into Krugman pretty good, bringing up points about the Earth Liberation Front and others.