Friedman not alone in his intellectual dishonesty
To the Daily:
I appreciate Christopher Zbrozek’s acknowledgement of Nobel-laureate economist Milton Friedman’s legacy and fight for individual liberty and limited government (Happy Milton Friedman Day!, 01/29/2007). However, it’s hypocritical of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to speak of Friedman’s “intellectual dishonesty” because Krugman’s own statistical methods have been questioned on several occasions.
In 2005, Daniel Okrent, then public editor of the Times, accused Krugman of having “the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantive assaults.” The Economist has called Krugman’s economics “stretched” and criticized his staunch partisan slant and his tendency to select information that (at risk of sounding like a clich