The commentary “Columnist is part of the problem” by Clive Crook about Paul Krugman is a perfect example of how the media enable the breakdown of rational governance.
There may be room for legitimate criticism of the way that Mr. Krugman has expressed his strong views. But Mr. Crook’s argument is based on the concept that “Civil society depends on a minimum threshold of tolerance and mutual respect,” and that naked contempt for dissenters is bad tactics. Where has Mr. Crook been for the past four years? President Barack Obama and other leaders have tried over and over to deal with the opposition on a rational basis. The responses have been everything that Mr. Crook is criticizing.
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