Monday, September 5, 2016

Paul Krugman: America Can't Afford Another Election Tipped By Innuendo

Credit: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Excellent essay in the New York Times by Paul Krugman wherein he references the 2000 George W. Bush/Al Gore election, and asks journalists to hit pause occasionally and "ask whether they are reporting facts or simply engaging in innuendo." He also urges voters to try and read with a critical eye when taking in political news.

Just an excerpt:

True, there aren’t many efforts to pretend that Donald Trump is a paragon of honesty. But it’s hard to escape the impression that he’s being graded on a curve. If he manages to read from a TelePrompter without going off script, he’s being presidential. If he seems to suggest that he wouldn’t round up all 11 million undocumented immigrants right away, he’s moving into the mainstream. And many of his multiple scandals, like what appear to be clear payoffs to state attorneys general to back off investigating Trump University, get remarkably little attention.

Meanwhile, we have the presumption that anything Hillary Clinton does must be corrupt, most spectacularly illustrated by the increasingly bizarre coverage of the Clinton Foundation.

Step back for a moment, and think about what that foundation is about. When Bill Clinton left office, he was a popular, globally respected figure. What should he have done with that reputation? Raising large sums for a charity that saves the lives of poor children sounds like a pretty reasonable, virtuous course of action. And the Clinton Foundation is, by all accounts, a big force for good in the world. For example, Charity Watch, an independent watchdog, gives it an “A” rating — better than the American Red Cross.

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