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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=262"><span class="small">Paul Krugman, The New York Times</span></a>   
Saturday, 03 November 2018 08:31

Krugman writes: "During my first year as an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, I wasn’t allowed to use the word 'lie.'"

Economist Paul Krugman. (photo: Forbes)
Economist Paul Krugman. (photo: Forbes)

A Party Defined by Its Lies

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

03 November 18

At this point, good people can’t be good Republicans.

uring my first year as an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, I wasn’t allowed to use the word “lie.”

That first year coincided with the 2000 election, and George W. Bush was, in fact, being systematically dishonest about his economic proposals — saying false things about who would benefit from his tax cut and the implications of Social Security privatization. But the notion that a major party’s presidential candidate would go beyond spin to outright lies still seemed outrageous, and saying it was considered beyond the pale.

Obviously that prohibition no longer holds on this opinion page, and major media organizations have become increasingly willing to point out raw falsehoods. But they’ve been chasing a moving target, because the lies just keep getting bigger and more pervasive. In fact, at this point the G.O.P.’s campaign message consists of nothing but lies; it’s hard to think of a single true thing Republicans are running on.

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+21 # Wise woman 2018-11-03 15:55
Krugman is right on. Next week the dems must return to power if only in the House. Among those running are progressives. They will infiltrate the standing party and hopefully, begin to incorporate some much needed bills to restore the safety net that is being eroded by the GOP. That and climate change must be on the agenda.
+5 # relegn 2018-11-04 07:18
Let's remember that the Party of Lies started with R. Reagan and trickle down economics. A Lie that still plays well for some Republicans.In 2013 89% of the Wealth of the US was held by the top 20% of taxpayers. Trickle down economics or simple Wealth concentration?
+1 # futhark 2018-11-04 09:51
"I wasn’t allowed to use the word “lie.”"

Try prevarication or falsehood.

A skunk by any other name would smell as foul.
+3 # Benign Observer 2018-11-04 12:08
So was it okay for the NYT to disallow use of the word 'lie'? Aren't they part of the reason we're here right now?

The NYT and Judith Miller went on to help lie us into war in Iraq, which has ballooned into multiple wars for almost twenty years, the most aggressive and expensive militarization in our long bloody history.

I agree the GOP is one of the worst political bodies on the planet, close to the Taliban and Wahhabist Islam for being ignorant and greedy.

But they're far from alone. It was Big D Obama who initiated a $2 trillion nuke upgrade! Both parties are corrupt to their teeth, while the media is bought and in bed with the government, propagandists more than journalists. They omit many important stories. What do we hear about our many, many wars, or climate change, and what is the coverage of this and every election .. horse race and scandal but very little policy.

We're betrayed on all sides by our most sacred institutions -- and then the establishment acts shocked that there is little public trust.

I don't think nearly as many people are fooled as they would like to hope. I believe we'll give the Democrats enough power to take away the GOP stranglehold. But I don't think people suddenly love the Democrats.

I truly hope we will pressure the party to act on healthcare and other urgent issues. They need to get behind Bernie or form their own coherent agenda for 2020. That won't happen with Pelosi/Schumer in charge.