Monday, October 13, 2008

Krugman Pushes Back Against False Equivalencies

Now Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman pushed back against the media's need to create false equivalencies on This Week yesterday. Paul Krugman was trying to make a cogent point about how there are those in the Republican Party who simply cannot accept a Democrat governing:

KRUGMAN: This is also…this is not just about McCain, what he did. The fact of the matter is, for a long time, we’ve had a substantial fraction of the Republican base that just does not regard the Democrats governing as legitimate. Remember, the Clinton years, craziness, right? That they were murderers, drug smugglers, and the imminent prospect of what looks like a Democratic victory would drive a lot of these people crazy even if Sarah Palin wasn’t saying these inflammatory things. It’s going to be very ugly after the election.
Of course Cokie Roberts, who may be the Queen of False Equivalency, try to draw the false enalogy of Democrats not accepting the results of the 2000 and 2004 elections:
ROBERTS: On both sides, that’s true. I also think you’ve had a huge number of
Democrats who think the Republicans are illegitimate and that was particularly true after the 2000 election and to some degree, after 2004. And so, you really do have, at the core of each party, people who are not ready to accept the verdict of the election.

This is a rediculous anology though. Bill Clinton won his elections without contraversy. There was no election shenanigans. There was no Supreme Court stepping in to stop a recount. Republicans did not like the Clintons and so they just threw as much mud and gabage at them as they could to see if something would stick, regardless of truth--Vince Foster, Travelgate, Filegate, Whitewater, Gennifer Flowers/Paula Jones/Monica Lewinsky. Republican operatives accused the Clintons of being murders and drug dealers.

Watch the Video here:

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