Paul Krugman offers advice to those who would tackle the Political-Industrial Complex ™ in America.  You must be prepared to reap the whirlwind (and laugh in the face of danger) when they strike back.  Lisa and Zach, you need to take this to heart when you go after asshats like The MacIver Institute and our friend Wiggy.

[A]nyone who steps on the toes of either corporate interests or major conservative institutions (which are often more or less the same thing) has to expect to run into a buzzsaw. The purpose of that buzzsaw is not so much to get specific corrections as to intimidate — to deter the journalist and his or her colleagues from going there again.

And it works. I’ve seen it over and over: some commentator says the obvious, gets hit hard, and thereafter steers away from such issues and is very, very careful not to offend the hard right.(And when the other side points this out, they get very upset — they thought they were safe).

I won’t pretend that I don’t get rattled myself. But I decided a long time ago that it’s precisely the areas that make you nervous that most need addressing.

Wise and shrill is a powerful combination in my book.  If Krugman can be rattled, Zach and Lisa, take heart.  You’re not alone!

3 Responses to Paul Krugman is Wise (as well as shrill!)

  1. Bert says:

    The poor family of Trayvon Martin is getting this shameful treatment as we speak. Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham, Bill O’Riley. At long last, they have no decency.

  2. I agree BB! Krugman is a genius in my eyes.

  3. Lisa Mux says:

    Thanks for this post, Phil. I’ve learned a lot from this experience.
    Forward!

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