Saturday, October 30, 2004

Krugman Admits Times Censored Him During 2000 Campaign

On Air America's "Best of Al Franken Show" this morning, liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman admitted that the Times censored him during the 2000 presidential campaign.

Krugman told Franken that he was not allowed to say that then Governor George W. Bush was a liar, or lying, even when Krugman believed the facts justified that moniker.

Krugman thanked Franken for using the term in his best-selling 2003 book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them."

Moving on to discuss how the media didn't in general take a critical look at Bush's 2000 campaign promises, Krugman said that he realized, as early as September of 2000, that various Bush statements regarding economic issues -- such as his math regarding Social Security reform -- didn't add up, and couldn't. But, he said, the mainstream media "didn't see what was under its nose."

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Bush, during a debate with then-Vice President Al Gore, used the term "fuzzy math" to question Gore's description of Bush's economic policies. Although many non-partisan sources later said that Gore accurately described Bush's policies, the mainstream media generally failed to critically examine the question, instead focusing on minor misstatements by Gore, such as whether he had met with FEMA Director James Lee Witt, or Witt's assistant, during a particular emergency in Texas.

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