Mar 9, 2014
Scheer Trumps Krugman in Stockman Debate
Posted on Apr 11, 2013
Journalist Mike Whitney praised the Truthdig editor in chief for being “the only voice on the left” to defend former Reagan budget director David Stockman against an “army of toffeenose pundits” who failed to honor the essential truth of Stockman’s controversial New York Times op-ed.
In his Times article, Stockman criticized the Obama administration for overseeing an economic stimulus program that has rewarded and maintained the country’s noxious system of crony casino capitalism and done virtually nothing for unprivileged Americans. For a number of reasons—some fair—Stockman caught censure from the vast majority of the professional commenters, some of whom snickeringly called him “unhinged” and other not-so-nice epithets.
Said liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman of Stockman’s letter:
Scheer disagreed with Krugman and company, and underlined the “real argument” they seem to have missed:
Scheer’s defense did not go unappreciated. “The attacks on Stockman have come from all quarters of the liberal establishment,” journalist Mike Whitney wrote Thursday at CounterPunch. “Much to his credit, Robert Scheer has veered from the party-line and defended the ex-budget director in a recent column at Truthdig. ...
“Not surprisingly, Scheer has been the only voice on the left to take Stockman’s side against the army of toffeenose pundits and establishment dipshits who wave off the concerns of ordinary people as—how does Krugman put it?—‘pathetic and embarrassing.’ ”
The occasion for Whitney’s commendation was Stockman’s appearance on the latest segment of ABC’s “This Week,” hosted by George Stephanopoulos. From that round-table debate, which included Krugman, Arianna Huffington, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren and George Will, Stockman emerged as the undisputed victor by exposing the crux of America’s political crisis with statements such as:
Read Whitney’s full praise of Scheer and the rest of his defense of Stockman here.
Stockman’s tenacious, no-nonsense stand against Washington’s pro-Wall Street policy in the face of a torrent of professional criticism netted him Truthdig’s Truthdigger of the Week award Saturday.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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