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Paul Krugman: Dillweed, Crouton, Garden Gnome October 26, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.
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Paul Krugman wrote yet another fair, objective editorial, based on analytic substance and extensive economic experience. All right, all right, that’s obviously a lie. If he had written such an editorial, it would have been his first.

No, what he really wrote was his typical batch of concentrated malarkey, featuring this gem:

But the teabaggers have come and gone

Yes, Krugman joined the august ranks of fey twit David Schuster, the mistress-of-bias Rachel Maddow, and the supremely smug Anderson Cooper in using that pejorative and filthy term to describe average Americans trying to express their political concerns. I don’t know why he stooped so low and felt it necessary to traffic in insults and obscenity, but that has taken me from simple lack of respect for his competence, to sheer loathing.

Of course Krugman’s not the only one to blame here. Certainly the editors at the NYTimes share some of the culpability. How could they have let that through? Even if the Tea Party movement wanted to be called “teabaggers,” you’d think they would have avoided the term.

I mean, is “teabagger” really listed in the NYT style guide? Did they replace Strunk & White with The Potty-Mouth Primer? Did this really used to be the premier newspaper in the United States?

And they couldn’t even get the facts right – the Tea party movement has just kicked off a new series of rallies. Nice work, dillweeds.

UPDATE: There’s a liberal myth that the Tea Party Movement started calling itself “Teabaggers,” thus bringing this upon itself. The myth appears to be based on a sign that one protester held up in February, and on a website in April which said that legislators should be teabagged by sending them teabags. Obviously the first incident was not an invitation to label the entire movement, and the second occurred in complete innocence of the alternate meaning of the word. And the second, too, did not seek to label the movement.

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1. nicedeb - October 26, 2009

You know what frosts me the most is the way the left is always lecturing us on language. We are asked to say “gay” rather than “homosexual”, “pro choice” rather than pro abortion, at some point colored changed to black changed to African American…and on and on and on. But we have to go along with the approved language, or we’re troglodytes.

But look at them calling ordinary Americans, law abiding citizens, grandmas and grandpas, “teabaggers”. What disgusting hypocrites libs are.

Just an aside…

The highly esteemed Charles Krauthammer had a slip of the tongue, the other day, when he referred to tea parties as “tea bag” demonstrations.

He obviously didn’t mean it in a nasty way, as he was defending the tea partiers.

But I was a bit taken aback when he said it.

2. Mark in NJ - October 26, 2009

Very interesting that the NYT let this through – they must read the urban dictionary. The real question is, does Krugman?

But minus the connotation, is this really any different than the dopey “Democrat party” name calling from yrs past?

And too bad for Karl Rove the opposition back then didn’t have an activist group that he could deliberately misname the blumpkins or the dirty sanchezes — do you think he would’ve hesitated?

3. Dave in Texas - October 26, 2009

>> Very interesting that the NYT let this through – they must read the urban dictionary. The real question is, does Krugman?

You’re amusing.

4. nicedeb - October 26, 2009

And too bad for Karl Rove the opposition back then didn’t have an activist group that he could deliberately misname…

There were plenty of groups that protested Bush’s policies, MoveOn.Org, and Code Pink, to name just a couple.

The rightwing blogosphere nick-named Code Pink, “Code Pinkos”, but you never have heard a republican of any note referring to them that way.

5. nicedeb - October 26, 2009

And, let’s face it, they actually are pinkos.

6. Mrs. Peel - October 26, 2009

My parents had never heard the word before. I had to explain it to them. (I know that stuff only because I read AOSHQ.)

Two things stand out about this slur, Mark: (1) the vulgarity and (2) the news commentators using it. But sure, if you ignore those things, then nah, it’s nothing unusual.

7. Eddie The Bear - October 26, 2009

And remember: Krugman is a Nobel Prize winner in Economics. Another example of how worthless that award now is.

8. geoff - October 26, 2009

But minus the connotation, is this really any different than the dopey “Democrat party” name calling from yrs past?

Yeah, quite a bit different. We’re used to bloggers saying Rethuglicans, RepubliKKKans, and the like. But it would be odd and inappropriate for a mainstream publication to use those terms. And this one is even worse.

And too bad for Karl Rove the opposition back then didn’t have an activist group that he could deliberately misname the blumpkins or the dirty sanchezes — do you think he would’ve hesitated?

a) If he had, it would have been completely underground. No member of the administration would have ever said it, and the MSM would never have known that it came from him.

b) Not going to look up “blumpkin.” Not going to do it. Must resist…

9. Eddie The Bear - October 26, 2009

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/2438

Geoff: this is delicious irony, no?

As for “blumpkin”, do not google it. Trust me.

10. geoff - October 26, 2009

Very interesting that the NYT let this through – they must read the urban dictionary. The real question is, does Krugman?

No, this is really a window into the behind-the-scenes atmosphere at the NYT. They obviously use the term routinely, and didn’t notice when it crept into print. If you wanted more evidence of institutionalized bias, there you go.

11. geoff - October 26, 2009

Geoff: this is delicious irony, no?

Heh. Anderson Cooper gets his just desserts.

12. Dave in Texas - October 26, 2009

Hey, minus the connotation, “go fuck yourself” is just “howdy do”.

13. geoff - October 26, 2009

Minus the connotation, “2.7 million jobs lost” is just “1 million jobs saved or created.”

14. geoff - October 26, 2009

Minus the connotation, “I won’t raise taxes on people making less than $200K/yr” is just “we’re going to force the middle class to pay premiums or fines on health insurance you may not want.”

15. BrewFan - October 27, 2009

Mark in NJ is like one of those cute little Pepe LePew-type skunks you see every now and again and think, “Awwww, how cute!” But then he lifts his tail and out comes his opinion….

16. Dave in Texas - October 27, 2009

If you completely ignore the connotation, “we’ve lost both engines” is just flight data.

17. lauraw - October 27, 2009

I started doing one of those ‘minus the connotation’ setups but every single one I thought of was too foul to actually type. Even for me.

Probably a good day to avoid communicating directly with people.

18. wiserbud - October 27, 2009

Minus the connotation, “STFU” is really just “I respectfully disagree with your stated position.”

19. wiserbud - October 27, 2009

Minus the connotation, geoff’s charts are really very pretty.

20. wiserbud - October 27, 2009

Minus the connotation, Michael’s offer to pay for my daughter’s college education is simply a generous, magnaminous gesture on his part.

21. geoff - October 27, 2009

I started doing one of those ‘minus the connotation’ setups but every single one I thought of was too foul to actually type.

You’ve got a great career waiting at the New York Times!!

22. wiserbud - October 27, 2009

Minus the connotation, “daddy’s fingers” is really not all that funny.

23. Michael - October 27, 2009

Minus the connotation, the war we must win in Afghanistan is really just something that requires further study.

24. Uniball - October 27, 2009

I am not a prude in any way, and am not against homosexuals or homosexuality, but I really can’t stand the fact that the worst of our nations subcultures comes to the surface and becomes popular with mainstream culture.

Teabagging? Really? Why don’t they just start saying ball suckers, or sack garglers, or nut gobblers. It is basically what they are saying!

Who does the left love to glorify crude language and behavior? Why is being gangsta and gay considered so much more hip than being responsible and productive?

Fuck, this shit makes me sick for our culture.

Side note, Tea Baggin sounds like a Hobbit name.

25. Uniball - October 27, 2009

Not “Who does the left love to glorify crude language and behavior?” but “Why does the left”…

I suck at writing…better at having me sack gargled.

26. Dave in Texas - October 27, 2009

Mark wasn’t feeling like doing the homework last night to complete the formula (A legitimate compaint + B but they do it too!!) = moral equivalence, he had to invent a supposition for B.

Sloppy thinking.

27. wiserbud - October 27, 2009

Minus the connotation, “Bush = Hitler” just means that they are both public figures who held office in their respective countries.

28. Michael - October 27, 2009

Hat tip to Cathy for reminding me of this:

29. Ronald - October 28, 2009

That c**ksucker Krugman has a lot of nerve calling people teabaggers.

30. Mark in NJ - October 28, 2009

Pepe le Pew!…hey Brewfan, you cracked me up.

The rest of yuz need to lighten up. I understand blog ethos dictates that dissenting opinions must be completely reviled, but don’t allow that to obscure the essentially humorous nature of this story. If the NYTimes is really linking Tea Partyers and teabagging, are you going to let your righteous indignation get in the way of admitting that’s funny on some level? I also submit the association, if made, would be a pretty “in reference” and therefore the harm is not nearly as grievous as Geoff suggests; i.e., I doubt the vast majority of citizens are even aware what teabagging is (although now we do need to include Mrs Peel’s parents among those who know).

These deviations (first introduced to me by Howard Stern) are certainly disgusting to contemplate, but that’s precisely why they’re funny. Hey, naming your stools is gross, too, but I think we all got a lot of laffs out of that one a few weeks ago on this very site.

I’ll give the gals get a pass here — I know from experience that not all women appreciate this humor. But any male who says there’s nothing funny about a blumpkin is either lying or might as well be wearing a dress.

And to Uniball’s rant – I’m not sure teabagging is an exclusively gay activity. Based on usage examples in urbandictionary, it’s seems to be either hetero or perpetrated as part of a prank by drunk frat guys (and we know *they* aren’t homos).

31. Dave in Texas - October 28, 2009

>> The rest of yuz need to lighten up. I understand blog ethos dictates that dissenting opinions must be completely reviled,

Hahahaha. Hey Mark, when I want your opinion, I’ll write it on my dick and shove it up your ass.

Minus the connotation, it’s really just “that’s an interesting point of view but I disagree.”

32. lauraw - October 28, 2009

Mark, the tea partyers pretty uniformly became aware of the double meaning of ‘teabagging’ when the media curiously started using the term instead of ‘tea party,’ which is the correct historical reference that is being alluded to.

Their continued use of this term is an absolutely deliberate insult. Absolutely deliberate. The news people are deliberately using a vulgar slur on the air and in the papers. We know, that they know, that we know, we are being insulted ‘on the sly.’

Only it’s NOT on the sly, because the slur itself has been reported on, and bad actors in the press called out on it almost immediately after they first started using it a few months ago.

Furthermore, the media failed utterly to show us a lot of the things going on at Anti-War rallies during the Bush years (the Communist Party flags, the Black Bloc assholes destroying property and throwing piss-balloons at cops), and generally treated those protests reverentially.

But they have walked into tea parties and personally started shit with the protesters there. We know where we stand.

Let’s not kid ourselves. Loathing is not cute or funny, Mark. This is an expression of utter loathing. Like asking the government not to piss our earnings away on shit that doesn’t work is some kind of goddamned crime. We’re fucking sick of it.

33. wiserbud - October 28, 2009

I understand blog ethos dictates that dissenting opinions must be completely reviled,

That wasn’t even close to revulsion. That was simply mocking you for the niavete and lack of actual historical knowldege you displayed with your comment.

34. Pupster - October 28, 2009
35. wiserbud - October 28, 2009

If the NYTimes is really linking Tea Partyers and teabagging, are you going to let your righteous indignation get in the way of admitting that’s funny on some level?

Using vulgar terms to ridicule and insult a large group of Americans who are exercising their 1st Amendment rights by expressing their disgust at where this country is heading is downright hilarious, especially when it is done in the so-called “paper of record.” Gawrsh, How could I have missed the funneh there?

Maybe because I was still laughing over that time the NYT referred to Obama as “that boy in the White House.” That was pretty funny too.

What? They never said that? Okay, but if they did, Mark, I’m sure you would find that just as hilarious, right?

RIght?

I mean, minus the connotation, calling Obama “boy” is just a term of endearment which makes reference to his relative youth. What could be wrong with that?

36. lauraw - October 28, 2009

Thanks Pups!

37. Russ from Winterset - October 28, 2009

Mark’s favorite joke:

How do you get a civil rights march to peaceably disperse?

Toss ’em a basketball!

– what, don’t you have a sense of humor?

38. wiserbud - October 28, 2009

Mark’s second favorite joke:

What do you tell a woman with two black eyes?

Nothing. She obviously didn’t listen the first two times you told her.

C’MON!!!!! Laugh it up, Marky! That’s some funny stuff right there!

39. Dave in Texas - October 28, 2009

>> I understand blog ethos dictates that dissenting opinions must be completely reviled

You’re giving yourself way too much credit for critical thinking there. It’s isn’t blog ethos that drives me to disagree, it’s my ethos and your numbskull comments.

40. lauraw - October 28, 2009

Yeah, this was completely accidental. Oh, and note the nod to Krugman.

He knows, OK?

41. wiserbud - October 28, 2009

Yeah, this was completely accidental.

It’s like watching someone from the National Lampoon parodying an actual news commentator.

{giggle} He said “nuts.” {giggle} isn’t that hilarious??? {giggle}

Yeah, the adults are in charge. Adults who’s emotional maturity is about at a 10-year-old’s level, but still ….adults!

42. BrewFan - October 28, 2009

wiserbud, stop stealing my jokes!

43. wiserbud - October 28, 2009

wiserbud, stop stealing my jokes!

It was an homage.

44. BrewFan - October 28, 2009

BTW, that joke has been known to summon evil spirits who manifest themselves as W in ston De lga do*

*excuse the Google-proofing

45. wiserbud - October 28, 2009

BTW, that joke has been known to summon evil spirits who manifest themselves as W in ston De lga do*

I would love to have that moron weigh in on this topic. Perhaps he can also tell us how calling American citizens “teabaggers” is the epitome of sophisticated humor that us knuckle-draggers are just too self-righteous to understand.

Maybe he can even draw up another one of his witty and creative cartoons on the subject.

46. Pupster - October 28, 2009

40 – Lauraw

Wow. Those MSNBC folks sure do have a good sense of humor, eh Mark in NJ? Hahahah.

I counted 8 ‘connotations’ in the first 20 seconds.

47. skinbad - October 28, 2009

The “Smilin’ Bob” commercial writers couldn’t have done better.

48. Dave in Texas - October 28, 2009

Hey now, it’s not fair to pick on Shuster. He still gets beat up for lunch money.

49. Neo - October 28, 2009

But the teabaggers have come and gone

Coming from the guy who predicted 9 of the last 2 recessions, I’ll withhold judgement as to the statements validity until he has repeated it at least 3 more times.

50. lauraw - October 28, 2009

Coming from the guy who predicted 9 of the last 2 recessions

Haaa HA HA HA HAAA

Excellent point.


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