…or whatever that saying is.
Paul Krugman two days ago, complaining about the hoaxster: “Apparently some people can’t find enough things to attack in what I actually say, so they’re busy creating fake quotes.”
Krugman today, on Jackson Hole:
John Maynard Keynes:
But this long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is long past the ocean is flat again.
These are tempestuous times, but when the storm is long past the ocean will be flat again.
OK, not a literal quote, but pretty much what he said.
Also, the gullibility on display was impressive. All these right-wing hacks knew it must be a genuine quote, because they all knew that I’m a terrible person — based on past distortions!
And I’d be willing to bet that this fake quote will continue to pop up on right-wing blogs and talk radio for years to come.
OK kids, don’t flip out in the comments. I’m making a funny Friday post. Of course there’s a world of difference between pretending to be Paul Krugman, versus inventing a quotation for Ben Bernanke in order to mock him, but admitting in the same blog post that that’s what you did. But it’s a small world, like Mercury–not Jupiter.