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Joe Scarborough and His Band of Space Aliens Take on Paul Krugman

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Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:08

The Huffington Post really deserves to be called on the carpet for this piece. It implies there is a debate going on between Paul Krugman and Joe Scarborough over whether the Obama administration is tampering with Census data to make the Affordable Care Act look good.

There is no debate because Scarborough has no clue what he is taking about. He knows nothing about how the Census Bureau collects data and what is involved in changing questions as it is now doing. He is literally making a completely baseless accusation. He doesn't even pretend to have a shred of evidence to support his claim that the Obama administration is tampering with the data.

If he knew anything about the way Census worked, he would know it would be incredibly difficult for the Obama administration to alter its processes. There would almost certainly be people willing to talk if this were the case. Furthermore, any competent analyst would be able to recognize doctored data using other data sets.

Anyhow, Scarborough is not taking part in a debate, he is name calling. This is like someone running out on the baseball field and yelling at the stupid players because it would be much quicker to go from second base to home by running over the pitcher's mound. If Scarborough wants to have a serious debate with Paul Krugman or anyone else about the data coming from Census Bureau he will first have to learn a bit about the subject matter. Until then, he deserves nothing but ridicule from any serious news outlet.

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written by Last Mover, April 17, 2014 2:24
This is like someone running out on the baseball field and yelling at the stupid players because it would be much quicker to go from second base to home by running over the pitchers' mound.


Well yes, but given the state of the American economy, it's not a stretch to compare the way it's run by economic predators to the way the national sport of baseball is played by their sock puppets like Joe Scarborough.
Thank you!
written by Justin, April 17, 2014 3:44
Scarborough needs to be called out. He should have apologized after that embarrassing "debate" with Krugman on Charlie Rose in 2013. He could muster nothing better than a feeble gotcha, accusing PK on flip-flopping on deficits, utterly failing to comprehend that deficits look different in good times than bad.
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written by Fred Brack, April 17, 2014 4:27
In 2008, when Mika read the news on Morning Joe that Paul Krugman had been awarded a Nobel, Joe exclaimed, "What a joke!"

A couple of weeks later when the subject of Krugman's Nobel came up again, Joe again vehemently cried, "What a joke!"

Did Joe provide any refutation or even a critique of Krugman's work that the Nobel cited which would justify his "joke" characterization? Did he even manifest any awareness of Krugman's work in economics?

Nope!

What was obvious was that conservative-Republican Joe was shocked and outraged that the Nobel committee could value liberal-Democrat Krugman in any way and thus enhance Krugman's reputation/status.

So, Dean, when you say Joe "doesn't even pretend to have a shred of evidence to support his claim," I'd like to point out that ignorance-of-subject/lack-of-evidence is Joe's standard operating procedure.
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written by Bart, April 17, 2014 4:44

Will PK dare to mention Squint's dead intern?
Too much news
written by Tired, April 17, 2014 5:33
There's just too much real-time news. 99% of it is irrelevant. Time to turn it off for a long time, I think.
The Color Green
written by John Parks, April 17, 2014 8:18
Perhaps it is just pulpit envy. The "Mine is bigger than yours!! syndrome.
Reprehensible
written by Larry Signor, April 17, 2014 9:04
An individual of Scarboroughs ilk should never appear on Dr. Krugmans radar. We have to take their views into account, but we don't have to give gratuitous voice to the idiots.
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written by Chris E, April 18, 2014 3:14
Krugman has refused to entertain Ferguson because he sees his actions as what the are: pseudointellectual self-serving attacks to generate publicity. I wish he would take the same policy toward Scarborough.

I am glad to see, despite the partnership with Huffington Post on Director Watch, that Dean is holding them to account for shoddy nonsense. I personally can't stand the clickbait on HP and only really visit it to read certain folks who write opeds on there.
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written by watermelonpunch, April 18, 2014 11:39

Let me guess, Lady Gaga & the Illuminati are involved in this one as well.
Scaredburrow
written by Roger, April 20, 2014 12:12
Joe is participating in the well worn conservative ruse,the conspiracy theory. He can't wrap his low brow around some particular fact, therefore, a conspiracy is at work.

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