An official interpretation is not a fact.
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Yet Krugman frequently cites CBO analyses as authoritative when they agree with his left-liberal ideology. The same week that Obama insisted his campaign wasn’t negative, Krugman wrote that the office had “found that [Obamacare] would reduce, not increase, the deficit.” That was in the course of denouncing Newsweek’s Niall Ferguson as “unethical” for having observed accurately in an anti-Obama cover story that CBO projections found its “insurance-coverage provisions…will have a net cost of close to $1.2 trillion over the 2012–22 period” (emphasis mine).
Krugman’s faults are legion, but as he is an opinion writer, simple bias is not among them. The complaint of “false balance,” however, amounts to a rejection of balance itself—to a demand that news reporters abandon any pretense of ideological evenhandedness.
Obama’s “critique” of the media takes the Taranto Principle to a new level. He is not only taken in when liberal journalists give him unrealistically favorable coverage but also insulated when they give him realistically unfavorable coverage.
The latter sort of insularity is a danger for conservative politicians as well. Correctly expecting the media to be biased against them, they are apt to minimize indications of genuine popular discontent. But Obama, by means of his tendentious “critique,” has managed to make himself impervious even to friendly criticism.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?