November 20, 2003


I donít get it. How come this Webdiary item depicts Margo Kingston about to devour Australia?

In other image developments, check out the UK cover of Paul Krugmanís book. Heís clearly aiming at the Big Scary Protest Puppet demographic. Strange thing is, even after his publishers have used all the Halloween art to create FrankenBush and an Oil Crypt Veep, they still donít look as weird as Krugman himself. Aieeee! Itís alive!

(Book link via Sullivan.)

Posted by Tim Blair at November 20, 2003 03:36 PM

Haven't Krugman's publishers ever heard of Photoshop? That cover looks like it was done with MS Paint.

Posted by: KenG at November 20, 2003 at 04:31 PM

How does she manage it, drawing a wage while writing a book? "Webdiary will be largely on hold for a while as I get stuck into my book. Please keep in touch - I'm reading all my emails and will continue writing a Sun Herald column each Sunday which will include some of them."

Posted by: slatts at November 20, 2003 at 04:54 PM

slatts - where does she say anything about writing?

Posted by: Mork at November 20, 2003 at 05:27 PM

Check out this interview with Robert Baer, a former CIA agent who once worked in Iraq with Chalabi attempting to instigate a rebellion against Saddam in the North.

And check out this interview with Jay Garner and others regarding the lack of preparation and planning.

I know it's the ABC (eek!) and PBS (argh!) but there is only so much "bias" that can creep into an interview...

Posted by: thepusher at November 20, 2003 at 05:56 PM

Wow. So what? Baer is an old George Bush Sr, real politik man. He thinks that Iraqis need a fascist strongman.

Guess what? He's gonna be wrong.

Posted by: Murph at November 20, 2003 at 10:31 PM

"they still donít look as weird as Krugman himself. Aieeee! Itís alive! "

So that's where Gimli went after Sauron fell...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at November 20, 2003 at 11:14 PM

dude, this margo-is-ugly thing is almost as insightful your usual michael-moore-is-fat shtick. keep up the good work.

Posted by: roop at November 21, 2003 at 12:29 AM


And almost as insightful as Margo's depiction of the US as ugly, rapacious, and evil, wouldn't you say? Keep up the lame comments.

Posted by: tim at November 21, 2003 at 12:58 AM

well yes, i would say.

also, last word.

Posted by: roop at November 21, 2003 at 01:08 AM

That image will haunt my dreams forever. You have scarred me for life.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at November 21, 2003 at 01:26 AM

Speaking of images, a few years ago the Herald ran Magrots headshot next to her column. Man, it was a spitting image of the original Granny caricture, which years ago headed Column 8. Needless to say, the headshot was quickly jettisoned............

Posted by: jafa at November 21, 2003 at 01:32 AM

The Bush picture made me think Texas Chainsaw Massacre, though the stitching also resembles a baseball. But I'm not sure either would work for British audiences. Cheney's mustache has that Peter Sellers' panache, so at least it's cross-cultural for those who never saw the "Got Milk?" campaign.

BTW, despite the false claims on rival blogs, "Got Milk?" was devised by Bozell Worldwide, my father's old ad agency.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at November 21, 2003 at 03:18 AM

GAWD I a so sick of these pathetic twits trying to tie Bush with Enron, ESPECIALLY since Krugman was on Enron's payroll (and wrote a fawning, glowing story about their trading floor which later was found to be phony).

For the last time: The Enron scandal happened while Clinton was in office. They got CAUGHT when Bush got into office.

Posted by: Ken Summers at November 21, 2003 at 06:44 AM

Tim, how could make such a basic mistake? That's not Mugrot. It has far too many teeth.

Posted by: Superboot at November 21, 2003 at 09:31 AM

Double Gulpy.

Posted by: Jonny at November 21, 2003 at 10:12 AM

I too have been permanently scarred from seeing that Margot portrait. I seem to remember that she was wearing a cheese cloth shirt or something.... The horror! The horror!

Posted by: Rob at November 21, 2003 at 10:32 AM

The childish cover of Paul "Enron Adviser" Krugman's book does demonstrate that in countries where he is largely unknown, they consider his book to be aimed at the far left "Oil is Evil" demographic. I mean even Noam Chomsky and John Pilger are presented by their publishers as being serious, grown up critics, yet they don't believe Krugman can be passed off as a credible writer.

Posted by: Ross at November 21, 2003 at 11:38 AM

Plse bring out a book, M.Cut-et-Paste... Pleeese?

Posted by: Miranda Divide at November 21, 2003 at 12:51 PM

That Krugman is a joke. He's just a cheer leader for the Democrats and Clinton in particular. That book looks like the sort of crap Man-mountain Moore would vomit up. Hardly what you'd expect from a serious economist.

I read somewhere recently that he's a good chance to get a Nobel prize in the future for work showing that protectionism can be a good thing!!! If that's the case then the Nobels must be totally debased. A complete wanker.

Posted by: Pedro at November 21, 2003 at 02:32 PM