Beaten to the punch

Last night we’d decided to blog on the Luskin Challenge this morning, but then saw that one Jonathan S. Gradowski beat us to it:

DID PAUL KRUGMAN call George W. Bush a drunk?

Donald Luskin says he did, Krugman says he didn’t. But who’s telling the truth? Let’s take Luskin up on his challenge …

We’d say, go read the whole thing and find out. We’ll just add that it’s surprising that Luskin didn’t let Fox viewers know one can find out that he (Luskin) is lying by visiting the Unofficial Paul Krugman Archive, rather than pay $2.50 to the New York Times.

And since we’re on the topic, and just in case you’re not quite entirely convinced that Luskin is in need of professional mental help, consider this: why does Luskin stalk, act as the most persistent critic of Krugman? Because Krugman:

masquerades as an economic scientist

Let the record show that Krugman has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from MIT. He has been a professor (unlike, say, John Lott or Mary Rosh) at Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Princeton. We often disagree with Krugman, but he seems to be somewhat qualified to write on economics, and no less qualified than Thomas Sowell to write on politics.

Bonus Random Trivia Fact: Luskin and Krugman were both students at Yale in 1973-1974.

And since we remain on the topic of Luskin, consider his latest outrage:

On nationwide television last Friday night, Paul Krugman falsely accused me of committing the felony of stalking. On the popular Hannity & Colmes show, Krugman said of me: “That’s a guy, that’s a guy who actually stalks me on the web, and once stalked me personally.”

Felony? Did Krugman allege that a felony was committed? Did he actually use that word? No, of course not. Curious as to how the word “stalk” is defined? Here you go: “To follow or observe (a person) persistently, especially out of obsession or derangement.” That sounds just about right to us. Luskin had asked:

I am not now nor have I ever been a stalker. What I am is Krugman’s most persistent critic. I criticize him in my regular “Krugman Truth Squad” column for National Review Online, and on the blog of my forthcoming book, The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid. Is that stalking on the web?

[Emphasis added.]

Is that a trick question?

Thanks to CalPundit for the link to Jon Gradowski.



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