On Fox Business' show, Markets Now, on Friday (10/19/12), regular guest Wayne Rogers was asked to comment on research showing that policy uncertainty is at its highest level in almost 30 years and supposedly costing Americans two million jobs. Near the end of the clip, Rogers called it, “a failure in Keynesian economics I think.” He added, “You can’t just spend your way out of a recession. If you read Paul Krugman, who I think is retarded…” (Updated with video)
Fox’s Connell McShane tried to stop him, “You don’t mean...a different word.”
Rogers said, “It didn’t work.”
”Right, better,” McShane said.
It’s not just offensive to call Krugman “retarded,” it’s outrageously inaccurate. Krugman won a Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences for 2008 for his work in international trade patterns. The King of Spain awarded him the European Pulitzer Prize, and he won the John Bates Clark Medal as the top economist under age 40. He’s also authored 23 books, and that’s the beginning. I’ve never heard of anyone on Fox News or Fox Business call someone "retarded." This is a new low for Faux.
My mistake. I forgot to embed the video when I was editing the post and preparing it for publishing. But it’s there now.
Sorry about that!
Actually it was Dr. Keith Ablowme who wasn’t available to make an onscreen diagnosis — so, Fox got someone who played a doctor on TV to give one . . .
Did that sound disrespectful to you? If so you’re Retarded!