November 23, 2003

Above all, dignity ....

Krugman speaks on the Bizarro book cover...

....Mr. Krugman, for his part, said he did not remember seeing the cover until prepublication copies were sent to reviewers. "I think it was intended to be ironic," he said.

The cover images of Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney were borrowed from puppets carried by protesters outside the World Economic Forum in New York in 2002. Mr. Krugman said that he took part in the forum and does not share the protesters' views. He noted that his columns have defended free trade and argued that the administration's war in Iraq was not about oil.

"It is a marketing thing, not a statement," he said. "I should have taken a look at that and said, `What are you doing marketing me as if I am Michael Moore? This is silly.' "

Incivility is one thing, he said, but the book cover "may be undignified, which would be a reason to object."....

Is this goofy, or what? Undignified? He gives up the role of thoughtful and respected economist to become a ranting partisan hack, and then worries about being undignified?

Posted by John Weidner at November 23, 2003 1:30 PM
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