Big Lies and Little Ones – WSJ.com
The WSJ condemns Krugman for misrepresenting Michelle Bachmann:
….”In March 2009, the left -wing site ThinkProgress attempted to present Bachmann in an unfavorable light by using a longer version of this comment. Blogger Dave Evers nonetheless found the site guilty of “selective quoting” and made his case by presenting the quote in its full context. It’s not terribly interesting but is important to commit to the record. Here is what Bachmann said (Evers tells us that the ellipses reflect pauses, not omitted text): But you can get all the latest information on this event, this . . . a must -go-to event with this Chris Horner. People will learn . . . it will be fascinating. We met with Chris Horner last week, 20 members of Congress. It takes a lot to wow members of Congress after a while. This wowed them. And I am going to have materials for people when they leave. I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a
good thing, and the people –we the people –are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States and that’s why I want everyone to come out and hear. So go to bachmann.house.gov and you can get all the information. Now, if Krugman had said the words “armed and dangerous” were ill-chosen, we would have agreed. If he had said they were irresponsible, that would be a legitimate opinion, albeit one we would be inclined to discount as partisan. But that is not what he said. Krugman, who recreationally burns politicians in effigy, described Bachmann’s comment as “eliminationist rhetoric.” That is flatly fraudulent. “…..