Friday, February 22, 2002

Speaking of Andrew Sullivan

He's got some good stuff today on Paul Krugman, the "money call" columnist and Princeton economist. The problem with Krugman is arrogance. In order to produce two really good columns a week, you have to devote yourself to it and work like a demon. You have to read everything and interview people in their offices and talk on the phone to as many people as you can and watch stuff on television and listen to stuff on the radio and fly around in airplanes and work it, day in and day out. It's a full-time, flat-out job. Say what you will about Maureen Dowd or Thomas Friedman or Nick Kristoff, the one thing they all do is work their tails off.

Krugman seems to think he can do it after he's done his real work (economics). The result is one tedious, lazy, repetitive column after another. He's now slipping into outright intellectual dishonesty (see Sullivan item). You might think someone at the New York Times would notice. Au contraire. They love him. They think he's great.