April Fools' Festival: Day VIII Mickey Kaus

I thought that this was going to be mostly pieces from the archives, but no!

It is perhaps 19 years too late for Mickey Kaus to have a "There's gambling going on here!" Colonel Renault moment with respect to Fox News and its place in the conservative media ecosystem in which he has embedded himself, no?

And, of course, there are all the golden oldies, including:

Nicholas Confessore: "Comparative Advantage" by : "Former New Republic editor-turned-blogger Andrew Sullivan and former Washington Monthly editor-turned-blogger Mickey Kaus...

...each... inveigh... against Krugman almost as often as Krugman inveighs against Bush.... Last year, after he published an encomium to the late economist James Tobin, he received a bizarre screed from actor and game-show host Ben Stein; Stein, who majored in economics in college, accused Krugman, a likely future Nobel laureate, of having a 'limited background' in the field.... For Krugman devotees... the main appeal is his proclivity for writing things before it is okay to write them.... His scoops are conceptual. The tax cut, Bush's Social Security plan, Enron, the energy crisis, and Harken--all Krugman hobbyhorses--were widely covered in the media. But he has been the only prominent columnist to attempt to weave all of them into a single, continuing narrative about the Bush administration's policies, wealth inequality, corporate profiteering, and the ascendancy of crony capitalism.....

Says Mickey Kaus... "The Bush tax cut is based on lies. But it's not enough to criticize a policy to say that it's based on lies. You have to say whether it's good or bad for the country.

Had Nicholas Confessore been a better reporter, his next sentence would have been something like: "During 2001, at least 20 of Krugman's columns inveighed against the Bush tax cut not just as based on lies but gave specific reasons why it was bad for the country." But that would have been... too partisan...

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