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Mainstream scream: Krugman hits 'fanatical' GOP

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features New York Times columnist Paul Krugman sneering at the GOP on Public TV's Tavis Smiley Show.

When asked why the public is not "outraged" by the sequester Krugman said, "The public hasn't really fully appreciated just how radical the Republican agenda is and that may take longer. When? I think we probably have to wait several months. I think people who thought that there were going to be - there was going to be a mass uprising against the sequester the moment it kicked in were misjudging. This is a much more, if you like, more fanatical Republican Party than most people have yet seemed to realize."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Talk about chutzpah. A columnist who has charged that Congressman Paul Ryan wants to 'let some' Americans 'die so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income,' is calling someone else fanatical?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

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