New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says the rumors of a feud between him and his colleague David Brooks have been exaggerated.
John Hudson of the Atlantic Wire has been playing up the bad blood he says exists between Krugman, a left-wing economist, and the moderate Brooks. Hudson, who has written about the feud on multiple occasions over the past several weeks, says that Krugman and Brooks have been going back and forth with their columns in a “passive aggressive fight.”
But in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday to promote his book “End This Depression Now,” Krugman dismissed the reports of a feud and said that it was just part of The New York Times’ editorial page being a sounding board for varying positions on any issue.
“Can I just say The New York Times is so much the dominant [place] for intelligent discussion in America that of course, on both sides of any issue there is going to be two New York Times columnists. What else can you do?”
And that according to Krugman isn’t some part of a personal feud.
“No we’re just doing the right thing,” he said. “No passivity here.”