Thursday, October 05, 2006

Partisanship Rankings

Of all of the nationally syndicated newspaper columnists, who was the most consistently, one-sided and partisan in 2005? Economist Paul Krugman of the NY Times according to the website "lying in ponds," which analyzes op-ed columns for partisanship. For example, in 95 commentaries published in the NY Times in 2005, Krugman criticized Republicans 621 times and criticized Democrats only 18 times, for a partisanship ratio of 34.5X to 1 against Republicans. Likewise, Krugman praised Democrats 103 times and praised Republicans only 9 times. Therefore, these data show that Krugman spent most of the space in his NY Times columns criticizing Republicans, and got ranked #1 for partisanship in 2005 by "lying in ponds."

In contrast, economist Thomas Sowell ranked #16 in 2005, based on the following results: he criticized Republicans 65 times in his columns and criticized Dems 94 times. Sowell praised Republicans 89 times and praised Dems 13 times.

So far this year, Krugman ranks #3, and the top 5 most partisan columnists in 2006 are liberals (Molly Ivins, Joe Conason, Krugman, Bob Herbert and Frank Rich). Conservative Ann Coulter ranks #6. Ivans (528 anti-Rep comments), Krugman (534 anti-Rep comments), and Rich (566 anti-Rep comments) are even more anti-Republican than Ann Coulter is anti-Democrat ("only" 309 anti-Dem comments). Yikes!!

2 Comments:

At 10/13/2006 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"one sided and partisan" is a retarded way to put things. And I do mean retarded, in the popular sense, because it declines to examine which of these criticisms--of the party that controls all three branches of the federal government--happen to be wrong. For instance, was Krugman wrong when he picked apart Bush's rhetoric about healthcare during the 2000 debates? Does that make him partisan because he pointed out Bush's flawed arguments? There is nothing partisan about the truth. Rather, the list uses the number of criticisms as short hand for "bias" which is short hand for "untruth." and thus fallacious.

 
At 10/14/2006 12:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

You do sound rather partisan. I read Krugman. It's hard to believe he was ever an economist.

Fred

 

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