February 16, 2014

Cavalcade of Dunces: One of those rare moments when judicious use of a firing squad could improve just about everything in the nation.

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Left to Right: Joe Nocera, Thomas L. Friedman, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Carmen Reinhart, Andrew Rosenthal, Paul Krugman

Another former Times writer, someone who has gone on to great success elsewhere, expressed similar contempt (and even used the word “embarrass”) and says it’s longstanding.

“I think the editorials are viewed by most reporters as largely irrelevant, and there’s not a lot of respect for the editorial page. The editorials are dull, and that’s a cardinal sin. They aren’t getting any less dull. As for the columnists, Friedman is the worst. He hasn’t had an original thought in 20 years; he’s an embarrassment. He’s perceived as an idiot who has been wrong about every major issue for 20 years, from favoring the invasion of Iraq to the notion that green energy is the most important topic in the world even as the financial markets were imploding. Then there’s Maureen Dowd, who has been writing the same column since George H. W. Bush was president.” The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 16, 2014 4:17 PM
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The woman in the middle is Carmen Reinhart. She is an economist and co author of: "This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly". Which is a book that everybody should read. In it she demonstrates the threat that astronomical public debt poses to prosperity.

The rest of them are jackwagons. Shoot 'em and dump the bodies in the ocean with concrete overshoes.

Posted by: Fat Man at February 17, 2014 4:06 PM

OOps:m should have added a link for the book:

http://www.amazon.com/This-Time-Different-Centuries-Financial/dp/0691152640

Posted by: Fat Man at February 17, 2014 4:09 PM

We are known by the companion we keep.

or as my mother use to say "Look at your friends to see what you will become."

Posted by: grace at February 18, 2014 12:01 AM
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