When did we, as a culture, become so accepting of lies?
Paul Krugman Blasts Media Over Presidential Debate: Press Can't 'Handle Flat-Out Untruths' (VIDEO)
Paul Krugman hammered the media over its handling of the first presidential debate, specifically what he said was its failure to fact-check Mitt Romney.
President Obama's performance on Wednesday dominated the roundtable discussion on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday. Instead of piling criticism on Obama like other pundits, however, Krugman took aim at factual inaccuracies made by Romney during the debate. Watch his remarks at the 6:39 mark in the clip above.
"I don’t know whether to blame Lehrer or the president but it was kind of amazing cause Romney was not only saying things that are not true, he was saying things that his own campaign had previously said weren’t true," he said.
The Nobel Prize-winning economist alleged that Romney displayed "contempt" for the press and assumed that "the news media will not cover me on this. As long as I say it forcefully, they'll say I won."
"Oh, so you’re saying the press is against Obama now?” panelist Mary Matalin asked in disbelief.
“The press just doesn’t know how to handle flat-out untruths," he said.
Other members of the roundtable objected. James Carville said that Obama could have confronted Romney "on any number of issues" during the debate, while Peggy Noonan insisted that it was "the president's job" to correct Romney's inaccuracies. Jonathan Karl claimed that Obama was also "loose with the facts."
"No, those were minor compared with Romney’s," Krugman said, when Karl gave specific examples.
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Paul Krugman is an ass, and having a temper tantrum. He's too used to the media fawning all over Obama, and when they actually found fault with his less than stellar performance, he comes up with this. Did he miss all of the so called fact checkers out there?
That is the part that is so frustrating. Its always "Liberal bias" ....everything can be discounted by blaming Liberals. Such a lame and dishonest way to think.
A majority of them do not believe that the things he said are untrue. Even with presented with evidence, they call it "Liberal bias".
It is what happens when you let the red or the blue cloud your judgment.
Unfortunately for them, "liberal bias" = reality.
October 7, 2012 at 8:18 PM
I believe that the lying has been going on for decades! That's why it's called "Mudslinging"
Mudslinging is not the same as out right lying.
Mudslinging is calling someone who is Pro-Choice pro-abortion. Sure it is still a lie but it's the message they are trying to convey through that lie when they say it-An exaggeration. (At least I hope) They understand no one is actually pro-abortion.
However, an out right lie is completely different. If Romney says that half of the Green Companies that got stimulus money failed when in fact only 3 of nearly 3 dozen have failed it is an out right lie. Not an exaggeration as the one above but a complete lie.
Lying is not the same as mudslinging.
October 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM
Romney has one amazing ability, he can lie with a straight face over and over and over again.