NY Times writer blames Trump for cholera outbreak in Puerto Rico; there’s just ONE problem

New York Times columnist and economics Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman continues to let his partisanship clout his judgement.

Cholera hasn’t been a problem in the first world for over a century, but that fact didn’t prevent Krugman from spreading the unlikely story that there was a cholera outbreak thanks to Trump’s supposedly inadequate response to the hurricane that’s devastated Puerto Rico.

As you can see, the tweet blew up, recieving nearly 14,000 retweets and 30,000 favorites as of writing. There was only one problem: there’s no evidence whatsoever that there’s been a cholera outbreak in Puerto Rico.

Krugman was at least decent enough to correct his mistake, though he gave himself a hedge in arguing that there’s at least a risk of a cholera outbreak (even though the CDC doesn’t anticipate that).

Great call there Paulie.

Looking at the massive discrepancy in attention that his bogus tweet got relative to the correction, It’s a sad reminder of an old quote from the late Jonathan Swift back in 1710: “falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it.” Krugman must be aware of that. After all, if he actually cared about the truth, he would’ve deleted his original tweet.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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