Another voice calling for calling a lie a lie. Obama’s hope for a new kind of politics because of media’s incompetence.
I warned that his vision of a “different kind of politics” was a vain hope, that any Democrat who made it to the White House would face “an unending procession of wild charges and fake scandals, dutifully given credence by major media organizations that somehow can’t bring themselves to declare the accusations unequivocally false.”
Krugman goes on to challenge Obama to get better at delivering his healthcare reform message.
It would certainly help if he gave clearer and more concise explanations of his health care plan. To be fair, he’s gotten much better at that over the past couple of weeks.
What’s still missing, however, is a sense of passion and outrage — passion for the goal of ensuring that every American gets the health care he or she needs, outrage at the lies and fear-mongering that are being used to block that goal.
What Krugman leaves out is that it is up to Obama to challenge MSM to engage in something remotely related to responsible journalism. Right now, MSM is letting the cable news echo chamber define the debate. At least the New York Times is trying.