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Izvestia's Bill Keller: Stupid, or evil?

Brad DeLong points to this twitter exchange on social media between Keller and a prof who actually knows what they're talking about, in which Keller -- what do the kidz say these days? -- gets p0wned. Like, totally.

My take?

Even after the Judy Miller fiasco, where Keller's fishwrap played a key role in slaughtering a few hundred thousand Iraqi civilians by using the eminently usable Judy Miller to propagate disinformation for the then current administration on WMD, I'm still going with stupid. Because that exchange shows that Keller is stupid.

Of course, Keller could be both stupid and evil; many members of our elite are. Perhaps I need to revise the trope.

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Submitted by ralphbon on

To be precise: Judy Miller's world-historical death mongering -- i.e., greasing the skids to the Iraq invasion -- took place on Howell Raines's watch, at which time Keller was a stupid and evil op ed columnist.

Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

And I remember the first time I came across it, I knew what was meant immediately (having made that typing error many many times), so as a typing error epithet, I'm inclined to go with "pwned", but as a descriptor, yeah, both work.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

no one could say no to him or tell him he is wrong. his life was filled with employees trying to get on his good side and news makers/news maker wannabes doing the same. On Twitter it is a bunch of people who don't need anything from him, and suddenly the world is very different.

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

got his head handed to him!