New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Tuesday said it was a "moral issue" for the press to censor conservative views about the debt ceiling.
Quite shockingly, the Nobel laureate took to his blog to complain that the news media are being too fair and balanced in their coverage of this highly contentious issue:
Watching our system deal with the debt ceiling crisis — a wholly self-inflicted crisis, which may nonetheless have disastrous consequences — it’s increasingly obvious that what we’re looking at is the destructive influence of a cult that has really poisoned our political system.
And no, I don’t mean the fanaticism of the right. Well, OK, that too. But my feeling about those people is that they are what they are; you might as well denounce wolves for being carnivores. Crazy is what they do and what they are.
No, the cult that I see as reflecting a true moral failure is the cult of balance, of centrism.
Wow! Balance and centrism is a "true moral failure":
So what do most news reports say? They portray it as a situation in which both sides are equally partisan, equally intransigent — because news reports always do that.
I'm not sure what news reports Krugman has been watching, but the ones we've been monitoring at NewsBusters concerning this matter have been anything but balanced.
The take for weeks has been that taxes must be raised to solve this problem and that it is the Republicans - and, in particular, Tea Party freshmen in the House - that are refusing to "compromise."
A new Media Research Center study on this issue found that ABC, CBS, and NBC have consistently cast the GOP as the villains in this debate.
But Krugman in his strange world doesn't see it that way:
What all this means is that there is no penalty for extremism; no way for most voters, who get their information on the fly rather than doing careful study of the issues, to understand what’s really going on...And yes, I think this is a moral issue.
So, in Krugman's view, it has become a "moral issue" for the news media to only report the side he agrees with. To solve this, he is advocating the press censor reports attempting to present the view from the right.
And he works for one of the largest newspapers in the country.
It's getting really scary out there, folks.
(H/T Hot Air Headlines)