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Krugman-O'Reilly Smackdown Transcript

Following up on my earlier blog entry, via MonkeyFilter, a transcript of the Tim Russert show featuring Paul Krugman and Bill O'Reilly can be found here. Choice O'Reilly moments include:

Don't call me a liar, pal. That's what you do all the time, and I 'm not going to sit here and take it....

You're appearing with Stuart Smalley [Al Franken], the biggest character assassinator in the country...

You are in with the most vile form of defamation in this country...

You'll lie about me and attack me personally. That's what you'll do...

Mr. Krugman lives in a world of his own. He embraces propaganda of the worst kind, and that's why I have very little regard for his professional analysis...

Hey, Mr. Propaganda, you ought to take and do your own research, pal, and stop taking the left-wing garbage and throwing it out there for the folks...

You are about the most unobjective person on the face of the -- ...

Why don't you just call Fidel? Call him up and have at it...

Hezbollah feels the same way that you do...

As bad as the transcript makes O'Reilly sound, watching the video is much worse. He was in Krugman's face, pointing and jabbing and practically shouting at him.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder about Tim Russert going through with a show like this, giving air time to someone like O'Reilly, who has his own show and certainly doesn't need the additional exposure. I'm sure it drew viewers, and certainly people are writing about it on the Web, but when ratings become the only necessary justification for a show by a serious newscaster, then things have sunk low, indeed.

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