Fox’s Gutfeld guts NY Times’ Krugman over claim Dems never called Trump ‘illegitimate’: ‘Was it a head injury?’
Despite its star-studded, Pulitzer-winning lineup, The New York Times’ op-ed page long ago stopped being a repository of wisdom, truth, fairness, or even common sense.
For instance, in a 2016 Rolling Stone article, Matt Taibbi absolutely eviscerated the NYT’s Thomas Friedman, whose columns, Taibbi said, were once “must-reads” in the halls of Congress.
“We will remember Friedman for interviewing 76 percent of the world’s taxi drivers, for predicting ‘the next six months will be critical’ (in the Middle East) on 14 occasions over two and a half years … and for his unmatched, God-given ability to write nonsensical metaphors, like his classic ‘rule of holes’: “‘When you’re in one, stop digging. When you’re in three, bring a lot of shovels.’”
The Times’ economics guru, Paul Krugman, offers another example.
When George W. Bush’s tax cuts spiked the budget deficit, Krugman schooled us on how damaging Bush’s policies were to national solvency. When Barack Obama took over, and doubled the national debt through dubious “stimulus” initiatives, Krugman, a Keynesian to the marrow, argued deficits weren’t bad. As Donald Trump’s presidency dawned, Krugman maintained “deficits matter again,” as one of his column headlines read.
This week, Krugman made a preposterous claim, and Fox News host Greg Gutfeld was having none of it.
In a column published Monday, Krugman wrote, “When Joe Biden is inaugurated, he will immediately be confronted with an unprecedented challenge – and I don’t mean the pandemic, although Covid-19 will almost surely be killing thousands of Americans every day. I mean, instead, that he’ll be the first modern U.S. president trying to govern in the face of an opposition that refuses to accept his legitimacy. And no, Democrats by and large were not claiming Donald Trump was illegitimate, just that he was incompetent and dangerous.”
Reacting to that piece on “The Five” on Tuesday, Gutfeld called Krugman ” the biggest joke on The New York Times’ comics page, except the Times calls them op-eds.”
Then, apparently for Krugman’s edification, Gutfeld played clips of various Democrats in fact calling Trump “illegitimate.”
They included Hillary Clinton, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, and even Biden himself, who said “I absolutely agree” at a campaign event when a spectator offered that Trump was an illegitimate president.
And then there was Krugman himself.
Gutfeld displayed a screenshot of a Jan. 7, 2017, tweet by Krugman above a NYT story that alleged Vladimir Putin had aided Trump’s election. Krugman asked, “Seriously: how will this presidency ever be considered legitimate? And what happens to America when it isn’t?”
“So, how does he forget all that?” Gutfeld asked of Krugman. “Was it a head injury, one caused from reading his own columns? Or maybe after using every single hoax and racial smear against Trump and his supporters, he and the Times just erased all memory of it.”
Continuing, Gutfeld said Krugman’s employer would indulge his “madness” in order to drive clicks.
Moreover, he concluded, “their constant drumbeat of illegitimacy created a moral imperative for Trump’s removal by any means necessary: 25th Amendment, impeachment, election fraud. Which is why America sees the media for what they are – what’s the word? – oh yeah, illegitimate.”