The Right Coast

January 30, 2004
Amateur Hour at the New York Times
By Tom Smith

Here is Paul Krugman on WMD's in Iraq. Here is Krauthammer. Krauthammer is a professional journalist. Krugman is a professional economist, indeed one who has excoriated non-professional economists from daring to comment on economic policy. Why does Krugman think he is qualified to even have opinions about the intersection of intelligence gathering, security policy and international affairs? Yes, he is a talented mathematician. But his views on politics seem no more sophisticated to me than those of the average science major at an Ivy League college. Yet, I am sure most readers of the Times just eat him up. Such a bright boy.