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Paul Krugman, disaffected liberal

For more than a year, the New York Times columnist has been a prophet of doom, warning that the economy could slide into a "third depression" unless our leaders come to their senses and follow his advice

By Howard Kurtz  | September 27, 2010; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
Categories:  Latest stories, Newspapers, Top story  | Tags:  Gail Collins, George Will, Larry Summers, New York Times, Obama, Paul Krugman, White House, economy  
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Jack Anderson's Nixonian tactics

There was a time in Washington when Jack Anderson was a hero, the columnist who kept unearthing Richard Nixon's dark secrets, a Pulitzer winner who revealed the administration's secret tilt toward Pakistan in its war against India. But Anderson's reputation would have been shredded had anyone learned that he paid off the source who slipped him the classified documents on Pakistan. Here's how it went down: Anderson bought some undeveloped California land from Navy yeoman Charles Radford, using an old high school friend as a middleman to disguise the transaction. "It was really a payoff," Anderson acknowledged a few months before his death. Anderson made the admission to author Mark Feldstein, an associate professor at George Washington University. When Feldstein worked as an Anderson intern in the 1970s, he says, "I looked up to him and admired him. He certainly had his warts, God knows. I certainly realized that his later career turned embarrassing. Any of us who worked for him knew the tactics he used were not the ones I teach in journalism school." But, he says, "the blackmail and bribery came as a shock."

By Howard Kurtz  | September 13, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Latest stories, Newspapers, Top story  | Tags:  Brit Hume, Jack Anderson, Les Whitten, Mark Feldstein, Nixon, Poisoning the Press, Watergate, columnist, investigative reporter, muckraker  
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