Friday, August 14, 2009

Good Timing, Paul

Compare and contrast this:
"Some of us were skeptical. A couple of months after Mr. Obama gave that speech, I warned that his vision of a 'different kind of politics' was a vain hope, that any Democratic who made it to the White House would face 'an unending procession of wild charges and fake scandals, dutifully given credence by major media organizations that somehow can't bring themselves to declare the accusations unequivocally false.'" -- Paul Krugman, "Republican Death Trip", New York Times, 14 August 2009, p. A19 (Emphasis added)
to this:
"The stubborn yet false rumor that President Obama's health care proposal would create government-sponsored 'death panels' to decide which patients were worthy of living seemed to arise from nowhere in recent weeks.

Advanced even this week by Republican stalwarts including ... Sarah Palin and Charles Grssley ..., the nature of the assertion nonetheless seemed reminiscent of the modern-day viral Internet campaigns that dogged Mr. Obama last year, falsely calling him a Muslim and questioning his nationality." -- Jim Rutenberg and Jackie Calmes, "Getting to the Source of the 'Death Panel' Rumor", New York Times, 14 August 2009, Page A1 (Emphasis added)

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