Wednesday morning, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box for a discussion he thought was going to focus solely on his new book (In case you haven’t heard: Paul Krugman has a new book). Apparently the discussion veered off from Krugman’s desired topics and so, following his appearance, the Nobel laureate took to his blog (with characteristic civility, mind you) to put down the network for giving airtime to “one zombie idea after another.”
In a blog post titled, “Zombies on CNBC” (hey, there’s a B-movie screenplay idea!), Krugman wrote:
Wow. I just did Squawk Box — allegedly about my book, but we never got there. Instead it was one zombie idea after another — Europe is collapsing because of big government, health care is terribly rationed in France, we can save lots of money by denying Medicare to billionaires, on and on.
“Zombie ideas” is a phrase Krugman frequently uses to refer to any idea with which Krugman disagrees. He went on to criticize CNBC’s editorial credibility:
Among other things, people getting their news from sources like that are probably getting terrible advice about any kind of investment that depends on macroeconomics. But it’s amazing just how skewed the policy views are too.
Pot… meet kettle?
And what would a Krugman blog post be without some requisite whining:
All that and having to get to Englewood Cliffs, too.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, is where the CNBC studio is located.
This Krugman rant recalls a previous one where he appeared on Bloomberg TV in a debate with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), but was so displeased with the audience reaction that the congressman had “won,” that he took to his blog to mock Rep. Paul, his supporters, and the very idea of cable news itself.
Krugman should take some advice from the sci-fi world: One of the many tricks to surviving a zombie apocalypse is simply not being anywhere near the zombies. Perhaps Krugman could avoid all the hassle if he just further isolated himself from any engagement with those flesh-eating, foot-dragging “zombies” and their ideas that he finds disagreeable.
Unless, of course, he has a new book out.
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