Always, Always Wrong

At some point you would think this would begin to get embarrassing for the Atlantic. Also, too.

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  1. 1
    KG says:

    I take offense at the second link implying that the six Police Academy movies were not works of art. I mean, sure, anyone could come up with the Lord of the Rings trilogy on a drunken or drug-induced bender, but Police Academy? That, sir, is where I draw the line.

    I may need more coffee to get through today.

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    Rommie says:

    I think it’s becoming obvious that only DFH types worry about things like embarrassment and shame. It gives the Free Hand more freedom if it’s not worried about the results of the pimp-slap.

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    beltane says:

    Not only is McArdle always wrong, but she always wrong about obvious, easy to check, facts. If she wants to be an always wrong, yet sucessful, right-wing intellectual, she should stick to broad generalities and anecdotes a la David Brooks.

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    jeffreyw says:

    They asked her if she could lie to her momma without blushing and she said that’s what acting is all about isn’t it and then she said that what she was doing wasn’t acting, really, because she was just playing herself and what was it that you were wanting to know again? Sure is a nice day out if you don’t have to go out in it like the lower classes, you know the civil servants…giggle giggle. Losers. And often not at all civil, the meanies.

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    Midnight Marauder says:

    @Rommie:

    I think it’s becoming obvious that only DFH types [have the ability to] worry about things like embarrassment and shame.

    Fixed that for you. Honestly, I really don’t believe the other side is capable of it anymore.

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    jake the snake says:

    Being called a hack by McMegan is like being called a Nazi by Hitler.

    Just sayin’.

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    roshan says:

    Hey Cole, get off McMegan’s back, okay. She has just returned from her honeymoon lying on her back. It might affect her posture.

    EDIT: I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned into this due to all the online heckling.

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    jl says:

    Some wealthy nut who funds this stuff should put McArdle and Jeffery Lord together to do an expose on the economics of racism. That would be fun to read.

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    Brachiator says:

    Jesus. When McAddled was writing about the economy, I guess that she fooled some people. The economy is big and complex and all. But she is clearly out of her depth when it comes to even the most basic numerical analysis. She’s like Sarah Palin with a calculator instead of a tweet.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @beltane:

    Serious question: do you have any centrist/left bloggers at respected publications that continually make the errors that Ms. McArdle specializes in?

    If so, who?

    Realize that she and David Brooks are the same trick pony, he with a pithier and more entertaining writing style.

    But she is SO wrong SO often, and from a platform on The Atlantic, home to fellow bloggers James Fallows and Andrew Sullivan. Whatever you say about “Sully”, he gets a lot of things correct.

    Who on the center/left side would still have a job, after months upon months of this junk analysis?

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    beltane says:

    McMegan sure isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, and she wasn’t exactly blessed in the personality department either. It’s good she was born into wealth and privilege; the poor dear simply wouldn’t have made it on her own. In a fair world, Jane Galt would be stuck as an assistant manager of a Gap in deepest suburbia.

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    jl says:

    Sooner or later you have to question the use of the term ‘wrong’ for what McArdle does. One of McArdle’s main attacks is absurd because it misrepresents Warren on points that Warren emphasizes in the title and abstract of one of her pioneering studies.

    To even be aware of this publication’s existence is to be aware that Warren very clearly concluded that medical bills contribute to, and are not the sole cause of middle class bankruptcies, unless McArdle can barely understand basic English.

    I was aware of the work, and this is the first thing that struck me about McArdle’s hatchet job.

    So, ‘wrong’ may be too vague. What might be a more accurate characterization? I will leave that to you kids to discuss.

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    roshan says:

    @jl:

    What might be a more accurate characterization?

    Corporate whore?

    P.S- No offense to the whores.

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    beltane says:

    @Elizabelle: There may be some centrist/left bloggers who distort the facts for the sake of making a point, but I can’t think of any who are so consistently wrong about the actual data used. Furthermore, I am fairly certain there is no one else outside of the wingnutoshpere who becomes so vicious when confronted by her factual errors. McArdle is not smart, she is not honest, and she lacks even the barest trace of humility.

    On the plus side, she will never be anywhere near as dangerous as David Brooks, who is intelligent and has the ability to appear charming and reasonable.

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    PeakVT says:

    At some point you would think this would begin to get embarrassing for the Atlantic.

    Maybe she’s the only center-right female economics hack they can find (McAddled really writes more about economics than business). Economics seems to still be a very male-dominated field of study.

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    TooManyJens says:

    If the Atlantic as an entity were capable of embarrassment, you’d think they’d tell Sullivan to lay off the Trig obsession.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Elizabelle:

    Serious question: do you have any centrist/left bloggers at respected publications that continually make the errors that Ms. McArdle specializes in?

    Bloggers, no. But a couple of LA Times business reporters have made similar basic math or analytical errors when doing a story that was somewhat centrist or liberal. I also blame editors here, many of whom don’t know how to add two and two to get four, but who are responsible for business and science stories.

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    daveNYC says:

    Maybe she’s the only center-right female economics hack they can find (McAddled really writes more about economics than business). Economics seems to still be a very male-dominated field of study.

    Not sure why The Atlantic would care so much about whether their economics hack is female. Unless this is part of their master plan to propagate the meme that women are bad at math.

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    PeakVT says:

    @daveNYC: The Atlantic’s masthead is a wee bit guy-heavy. Firing her and hiring a replacement would most likely mean all of its regular bloggers would be men.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Brachiator:

    Brachiator and Beltane: thanks for the responses. I can’t really think of anyone other than David Brooks, and he is hardly the centrist he imagines, or center/left. Will be watching and report back any examples.

    Mr. Driftglass does not like Mr. Brooks.

    Scroll down for the book cover parody of Brooks’ “Going Vague.”

    http://driftglass.blogspot.com.....-slag.html

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    Tonybrown74 says:

    Bukake!

    I wonder if Sully’s not upset that he’s not the one in the middle …

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    chopper says:

    @jl:

    So, ‘wrong’ may be too vague. What might be a more accurate characterization?

    to quote the late great wolfgang pauli, “not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong. “

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    PTirebiter says:

    @Elizabelle: Thanks for the tip, sometimes Driftglass outdoes himself.

    “Brooks practically shits himself and does the Electric Slide in his own offal…”

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    benintn says:

    But but, she was housemates with Dave Weigel! Doesn’t that count for anything? Like John McCain was a POW?

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    bartkid says:

    >At some point you would think this would begin to get embarrassing for the Atlantic.

    File under “That’s not a bug, it’s a feature”.

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    jake the snake says:

    One thing to remember about McArdle is that she wants to grow up to be Amity Shlaes.

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    valdivia says:

    Tbogg wins the internets!

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    burnspbesq says:

    Now, come on, y’all. Megan was right about something yesterday. It was something that lives right next door to completely irrelevant, but she made her correctness quota for the year. Pat her on the head, give her a lollipop, and maybe she’ll go away.

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    McArdle’s so addled and so maladroit at trying to pull off the Tom Friedman/Howie Kurtz schtick of telling elegant lies to please the rich and powerful that her minders at TNR, not particularly sharp tools themselves, have had to do a kind of non-walkback walkback of her bullshit titled “Why Elizabeth Warren Will Likely Be Confirmed”. Just to show, y’know, that they really aren’t trying to do the Chamber of Commerce’s bidding and all by offing Warren.

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