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Friday, May 13, 2011

I Know It's Not Tyler Cowen's Fault, But...

The use the press makes of their experts is sometimes absurd:

'“The big dividend mostly hasn’t arrived yet,” said Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University.'

If the NY Times calls me up, I'd be willing to say, "The big dividend mostly has arrived already." Do you think I can get quoted then, too?

2 comments:

  1. I kinda get what you're saying Gene, but on the other hand your complaint doesn't make any sense. You are complaining that Tyler's quote doesn't really convey much oomph, right? But if it were intrinsically compelling, it wouldn't matter that an expert said it or not.

    So yeah, the NYT is interested in what Tyler Cowen of GMU says. They are not interested in what Gene Callahan of Crash Landing says. (Or Bob Murphy of Free Advice and topless YouTube fame.)

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  2. "I kinda get what you're saying Gene, but on the other hand your complaint doesn't make any sense."

    It's just like you to "get" things that don't make any sense!

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