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Paul Krugman Explains to Roger Ailes Why Fox News Is Garbage

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Posted on Feb 1, 2010

It’s all well and good to snipe at the opposition from Microsoft Word, quite another to tell the guy sitting next to you that he’s a propagandist. Kudos to Paul Krugman for bringing a little more fact-checking and a little less elbow-rubbing to the Sunday morning talk show circuit.

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By norman michael harman, February 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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this video was billed as “Paul Krugman Explains to Roger Ailes Why Fox News Is
Garbage” but mostly what we heard was George Will telling us what the
“American people” are/think/feel - a subject about which he knows nothing -
and Roger Ailes slobbering some nonsense about the Founding Fathers and the
What a waste of time.
Now if Krugman would have turned his “deliberate disinformation” accusation
against Barbara Walters and her colleagues at ABC, along with the rest of the
worthless MSM, I would say he was worthy of the appellation; courageous. His
suggestion that the NY Times was a legitimate source of real information
merely undercuts his own credibility.
He was right about one thing though: the Democrat’s healthcare “reform” is
nothing more than a rehash of Republican crap.
If we want to take our government back from these rich a—holes - Dems and
Repubs alike - then get involved in the next primary campaign and look for the
candidate who has no corporate money and vote for him (her).

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By Night-Gaunt, February 3, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

George Will is one of those east coast elites you never hear Fox “News” talk about, only the “liberals” they identify. Curious isn’t it?

George Will once wrote he was unconcerned about infrastructure because he couldn’t find it! He was just blind in his mind’s eye to it! I have often wished they would take away a Pulitzer Prize when they write such crap. Then they wouldn’t have it to show when they have done plenty to lose it in any sane world of true merit.

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By loveinatub, February 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment

Paul Krugman is no shill. Shame on any one of you for making that claim. Paul speaks the truth as he understands it. And thank goodness we have a liberal in this country who has an influential platform to speak it!

Paul is absolutely correct in that so-called media institutions such as Fox news do deliberately distort the news with a right wing bias all the time.

George Will is completely out of touch with the American mainstream; one wonder what stream he’s actually swimming in!

Paul Krugman. A national treasure!  Thank you!

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By omygodnotagain, February 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

truedigger3 well said… Krugman the Con man, the paid shirt.. it has taken decades for me to understand, but the US is not a democracy, nor a constitutional republic, it an oligarchy, in which guys like Krugman and Ailes have scripted roles to play in pseudo debates that have nothing to do with what is really happening.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

PSmith the transcript url doesn’t work-“404 error.”

Paul Krugman has already shown he isnt’ like Roger Ailes at all.

1) The 2,008 pages are really 200 pgs when it is put into single spaced format. We do not know yet what the final bill will contain. He has already said that since single payer is out, then a robust public option for protection of the populace. We who have gotten little protection so far.

2) The stimulus is too small, not all payed out and not wide enough to be effective. That along with allowing things to remain as they are are just planning for another crash to finish the job started in 1980. We are not safe from a fast crash at all. And when it threatens again we won’t have the money to bail them out again.

Too many find it easy to throw the baby out with the bath water saying that if it isn’t 100% then it is 100% bad. Not the way to go in this world.

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By MB, February 2, 2010 at 10:28 am Link to this comment
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Ailes did make a good point though: we’re told that the health reform bill is an emergency that needs to be passed right away without the public fully understanding what’s in it, yet the reforms will not go into effect for 3 more yrs.

I don’t watch Fox News because I agree that it’s more partisan propaganda than news. But the other news outlets have also dropped the ball in covering health reform. There are other options that will achieve better results more quickly and efficiently. But our national debate has been stifled by a discussion confined to experts’ perceptions of the political will of our legislators who are captured by the interests of pharma, insurance companies, med tech companies, and wealthy physicians.

The public needs better information about the full range of options for health reform.

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By Hulk2008, February 2, 2010 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

Mr. Ailes made the most accurate comment of all when he said “I’m a ratings guy”.  Basically, he confirmed the Fox News stand on everything: they say and do what the ratings dictate - the most shocking, off-the-wall stories are played to the hilt along with the most tilted extreme attitudes.  They could really care less about the truth or journalism. 
  If a liberal or educated point of view came out of left field and created a huge stir, Fox would be on it like flies on cow pies.  Fox is the video equivalent of National Enquirer.  In fact, check out their broadcast the other evening in which Fox pointed out there may be alien life forms already among us. 
  I find it amazing that commenters here say they never watch the talk shows or read the NY Times.  Why would anyone want to be less informed ?  Watch them all and read them all - for your own sake !!!
  Since the consensus of economists, now after a year of Obama’s Presidency, dictates that the stimulus was probably too small, Paul Krugman’s assessement a year ago was dead on accurate.  Why not give Krugman his due ?  Or is it just more convenient to bash EVERYthing EVERYbody says ?
    I’m waiting breathlessly for the Fox announcement that the Octomom gave birth to an alien baby.

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By ofersince72, February 2, 2010 at 3:39 am Link to this comment

I don’t give any credence to those talk shows
don’t know why it here.

I feel the same nausea as others when I watched this

Krugman says we can get the news from the
I wonder why he would say that !!!!!

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By truedigger3, February 2, 2010 at 3:36 am Link to this comment

Paul Krugman is no different or better than Roger Ailes. Lately, it seems that Krugman got co-opted by the big moneyed corporate elite and two recent developments confirm that fact:
1) He came out in support of that 2000 pages abomination called the health care “reform” bill which doesn’t contain public option or any controls on rising health care costs or improving the delivery of health care.
2) He is supporting the toothless and impotent Finance Reform bill in Congress which does nothing to reform the conditions that produced the current fianancial disaster. All that bill does is to put into law how to bail out financial institutions that are “to big to fail”, which means how to transfer more of the public treasury to Wall St. in the next financial disaster which sure will happen since nothing has changed from the situation which produced the current financial disaster.
As a matter of fact, Krugman is worse than Roger Ailes. We all know who Roger Ailes is, but Krugman is hiding behind his “progressive” facade.

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By liecatcher, February 2, 2010 at 2:37 am Link to this comment

Paul Krugman Explains to Roger Ailes Why Fox News Is

Paul Krugman is a shill for hire; end of story.

Watching the clip was cruel & unusual punishment.
it did lead to an interesting website,
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IMPOV, with these miscreants pulling the strings, the
earth the meek will inherit will be that
which they are buried with.

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By Audrey leff, February 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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I think of the expression “the fox is in the henhouse” when Fox News began to dominate the airways.  Most mainstream TV News had become complacent, commercial, and vacuous. It has been easy pickins for FOX Network to capture the emotions of an uninformed public.  It is refreshing to hear someone speak truth to power. Thank you, Paul Krugman.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, February 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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George Will is so out of touch he thinks the supreme
court is the most prestigious institution in
Washington.  Even if it were true it wouldn’t be saying
a hell of a lot.  Most people remember the court for
having silenced the voice of the people in the election
of 2000 for partisan political purposes.

George H W Bush refers to Ailes as “our man, Roger
Ailes.”  That’s how balanced and fair fox news is.

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