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Monday, July 18, 2016

Paul Krugman, "Both Sides Now?": Hillary's Lies Are "Less Important" Than Trump's

In what is probably his most despicable opinion piece ever, Paul Krugman informs us in a New York Times op-ed entitled "Both Sides Now?":

"To be fair, some reporters and news organizations try to point out Trump statements that are false, frightening, or both. All too often, however, they still try to maintain their treasured balance by devoting equal time — and, as far as readers and viewers can tell, equal or greater passion — to denouncing far less important misstatements from Hillary Clinton."

Ah yes, Hillary's "misstatements," i.e. lies, are not as "important" as those of Trump.

Don't get me wrong: Notwithstanding the fact that Hillary is reptilian and venomous, she does not threaten all life on this planet. Given Trump's serious narcissistic personality disorder (even worse than that of Hillary), I wouldn't want his little fingers anywhere near the launch buttons of America's nuclear arsenal.

But more to the point, let's have a look at FBI Director Comey's responses to Rep. Trey Gowdy questions before the House Oversight Committee on July 7:

Gowdy: “Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her emails, either sent or received. Is that true?”

Comey: “That’s not true, there were a small number of portion markings on, I think, three of the documents.”

Gowdy:”Secretary Clinton said, ‘I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email, there is no classified material.’ Was that true?”

Comey: “There was classified material emailed.”

Gowdy: “Secretary Clinton said she used just one device. Was that true?”

Comey: “She used multiple devices during the four years of her term as secretary of state.”

Gowdy: “Secretary Clinton said all work-related emails were returned to the State Department. Was that true?”

Comey: “No, we found work-related emails, thousands, that were not returned.”

How serious were these lies? As reported by Breitbart's Patrick Howley, "Hillary Clinton posted and shared the names of concealed U.S. intelligence officials on her unprotected email system." Yup, I would say they're pretty serious.

Hillary's lies are "less important" than those of Donald? Sorry, Paul. That's just plain BS.

But even if they were to be deemed "less important," should such  a determination form the basis for selecting America's next president? Frightening.


  1. not as if Krugman is going to compete with RBG on making SCOTUS a get out the vote tactic - Obama is doing that today in the WSJ -

    after all, it is easier to 'get a gun than a book' in the truthtellingmind of our 45th president. not like he is making abolition of the 2nd Amendment a getoutthevoteissue, before he declares martial law while he disbands the police.

    The New Yorker is doing their best to paint Trump as a bigger liar than HRC.

    Meanwhile, is Turkey in charge of the America-is-NATO nuclear arsenal in Incirlik? Who made that decision?

    Do you prefer Erdogan with nukes?

    1. released on Day 1 of the RNC, already getting lots of echo by the Clintonmedia because, after all, what difference do a few lies to the FBI and Congress about emails make:

      The Art of the Deal” made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth—and regrets it.

      By Jane Mayer [online now & newsstands everywhere July 25, 2016 issue, as if by magic, as if Conde Nast knew that Politico was going to reveal the Obama-Clinton game plan in their magazine today:

      "Party of Two

      How Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (with help from Elizabeth Warren) are trying to save the Democratic establishment."
      By Glenn Thrush July/August 2016

      [the comments at Politico are worth reading too. ]