Friday, May 20, 2016

Blogging Errors

For John, BLUFThe truth is inherently good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Bloggers behaving badly:  Krugman and DeLong edition

Writing in the Volokh Conspiracy Column in The Washington Post, Mr Jonathan H. Adler says that Economics Professor and NYT Columnist Paul Krugman needs to do a better job of owning up to his errors:
False accusations can travel throughout the blogosphere before the truth has even logged in.  When newspapers make mistakes or false accusations, they publish corrections.  That’s not always the case with bloggers, however.  And sometimes it seems the more prominent the blogger, the less likely a correction will be made.

A recent example comes from noted economist Paul Krugman, a columnist and blogger with the New York Times.  On Sunday, Krugman authored a short post taking swipes at the Cato Institute.  In this post, Krugman recounted how Cato allegedly “suppressed” a paper by economist David Glasner — a charge Glasner initially made on his blog.  This story, Krugman claimed, illustrated the Cato Institute’s “long-standing habit of trying to send inconvenient history down the memory hole.”

It turns out that Krugman’s charge is false, however.

Oh, and he scorches Harvard Professor Brad DeLong in the same offering.

Please blog responsibly.  Admits your errors.  Stop giving the rest of us a bad name.

Don't be like Professor Paul Krugman or Author Gore Vidal.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit and Professor Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Not safe for polite company, notwithstanding being published in The New York Review of Books.

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