Paul Krugman’s column on Monday was an interesting read especially while I’m still mulling over my own feelings from Saturday’s shootings and Sunday’s commentary about the shootings. I had attempted to compliment Mr. Krugman by including him in the conversation with Tom Friedman and David Brooks, but I really do not think Monday’s column helped anyone or clarified anything. In fact, it only served as a smug reinforcement of the “we’re right, you’re wrong” mentality.
Here are two excerpts:
“And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.”
“So will the Arizona massacre make our discourse less toxic? It’s really up to G.O.P. leaders. Will they accept the reality of what’s happening to America, and take a stand against eliminationist rhetoric?”
Is this what passes as ‘taking the high road’ these days?