Paul Krugman has a bully pulpit in the New York Times. Its numbers may be declining under Pinch’s overlordship, but it still remains “the paper of record” to a lot of people with their hands in or near the power trough. Paul Krugman’s readers respect him because (a) he holds their elitist Left outlook and (b) he has Nobel Prize. The latter assures them that he is a reliable source.
The problem for Krugman’s readers is that they’ve missed out on one essential feature of Krugman’s writing and analysis — he is profoundly lazy. Comfortably encased in his ideology, he trolls the internet for facts that support his argument, without ever bothering to determine whether those facts are honest, credible or valid. Worse, he has completely abandoned his own analytical abilities, and makes no effort to determine whether the facts he cites are relevant to his argument. Conservative commentators have repeatedly caught him making outrageous misstatements that arise because of his appalling laziness.
The latest to catch him is Iowahawk, who has abandoned scathing humor for straightforward reporting. This is a really important one, because it shows that Krugman’s wrongness is 180 degrees. He gets things exactly bass ackward, and is using his bully pulpit to spread gross untruths about public sector unions and collective bargaining.