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Jealous of Paul Krugman’s Nobel Prize, George Will Wins Our Media Putz Award

BUZZFLASH MEDIA PUTZ OF THE WEEK

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George Will

For reporting that is an embarrassment to the profession of journalism, and for being beholden to corporate paymasters rather than the citizens of America.

On ABC’s This Week this past Sunday, conservative columnist George Will decided the best way to argue that Obamacare both sucks and is the opposite of Romneycare was to make fun of liberal columnist Paul Krugman’s Nobel Prize in Economics.

Yeah they’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel, folks. Conservative discourse now that healthcare reform has become law works a little something like this: After a healthcare reform supporter says something factually correct and logical, the acceptable response is to insult them personally and then lie about the facts.

“Well, first of all, Paul’s prize is in economics, not practical Washington wisdom,” Will sniffed. “This is going to have unintended consequences that will boggle your mind.”

Regardless of one’s opinion of the usefulness of “practical Washington wisdom,” it’s clear to anyone watching that Krugman’s argument wasn’t about that; it was about economics.

And while king-of-conventional-wisdom Will insists that he gets it, he does seem to have had his mind boggled on the actual consequences of healthcare reform. Think Progress points out that not only was Will bloviating, but he depended on lies to make his argument sound as reasonable as Krugman’s:

Apparently deeming himself a Nobel laureate of “Washington wisdom,” Will proceeded to offer a dose of his brilliance. “One of the ways that this simple, workable legislation is going to be made to work is the IRS is going to hire about 16,000 new agents,” Will proclaimed. That may be Will’s version of “Washington wisdom,” but it’s not true. This past week, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman debunked the right-wing myth that IRS agents are going to auditing taxpayers to determine if they have health insurance.

Of course, this isn’t the first (or even the second) time Will had a problem with a liberal getting a Nobel Prize. Back when Al Gore won the Peace Prize for his work on Global Climate Change, Will went on a tirade that would rival Glenn Beck, referencing “Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot combined” right after accusing the left of “hyperbole.”

Jealous much?

Well, in order to try and make up for all the injustice of George Will never having received a Nobel Prize, we thought the least we could do is bestow upon him our world-famous Media Putz Award. It may not be the Nobel Prize in Practical Washington Wisdom, but at least it actually exists outside of George Will’s enormous ego.

BUZZFLASH MEDIA PUTZ OF THE WEEK

This is George Will’s third Media Putz Award. He also on Oct. 8, 2009 and Oct. 18, 2007. You can see a list of all previous winners here.

Originally published at BuzzFlash.com.

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