MSNBC's Joe Scarborough fired off another shot in an ongoing battle with the New York Times' Paul Krugman.
Scarborough said Thursday that a public editor at the New York Times considers Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman's work to be an ongoing "nightmare."
During a segment on "Morning Joe," Niall Ferguson, Historian and former John McCain adviser joined Scarborough to pile on Krugman. Ferguson said that Krugman lacks "humility, honesty and civility."
"And there's no accountability," Ferguson said. "No one seems to edit that blog at the New York Times. And it's time that somebody called him out. People are afraid of him. I'm not."
Scarborough then recalled a conversation he had with a Times editor following his televised debate with Krugman earlier this year. (Here's Alex Pareene's take.)
"I actually won't tell you which public editor it was but one of the public editors of the New York Times told me off the record after my debate that their biggest nightmare was his column every week," Scarborough said.
Krugman admitted was not at his best in that showdown, taking to his blog before the debate aired to acknowledge that he "wasn’t prepared for Joe Scarborough’s slipperiness."
NIALL FERGUSON: Krugman’s key claims is that we should have done a much bigger stimulus, three times of the size of the one we did in 2009 and there would have been no down side risk to the credit worthiness of the United States. I don’t think that claim is plausible, and the reason I don’t think it’s plausible is that it’s not testable. It’s based on his models, his beloved models. No, these are not the kind of models you’re thinking of Harold these are economic models. I have to say, these models were so — these models –
HAROLD FORD: He knows my wife.
FERGUSON: I’m sorry, there shouldn’t be levity in this discussion. I’m serious. These models failed to predict the financial crisis. They were really wrong about that. I show that in my Huffington Post article on the second day, and they were totally wrong on the Euro, totally wrong.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: The third of the third part series on “Krugtron the Invincible” just came out.
FERGUSON: That’s what he calls himself.
SCARBOROUGH: He does call himself that, anyway you got to read that.
HAROLD FORD: He calls himself that?
FERGUSON: Yeah, he glories. You see it’s the hubris of it. But I’m here to tell him in public exchange, in public discussion there needs be humility, honesty and civility. That’s all. And that’s what he lacks. And there’s no accountability. Nobody seems to edit that blog in the New York Times and it’s high time that somebody call him out. People are afraid of him. I’m not.
I generally avoid anything with Obama-hating Narcissistic Niall Ferguson, but he had to go tag-teaming Paul Krugman with Fox News Lite host Joe Scarborough...so let's take a little trip down the memory hole with Niall.
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