Scenes from a journalism steel cage smackdown
You can go read the Okrent vs Krugman blow-by-blow yourself, but I thought this admission by Okrent deserves attention:
But I laid off for so long because I also believe that columnists are entitled by their mandate to engage in the unfair use of statistics, the misleading representation of opposing positions, and the conscious withholding of contrary data. But because theyâ€™re entitled doesnâ€™t mean I or you have to like it, or think itâ€™s good for the newspaper.
So Okrent is the cop who looks the other way and then bitches about crime after he retires.
Good work if you can get it.