Propagandists such as the NYT HATE reader comments because THAT is where the rebuttals to their lies are found. Time after time I have read lying, biased articles online and found the "other side" within the reader comments. Krugman doesn't like his Keynesian elites-o-nomics shown up for what it is, so he bans comments. Big deal. He will be rebutted on other websites. "Mean-spirited' depends on who is defining it. Is it "mean-spirited" to object to being lied to? Name callling trolls are obvious fakes who can't defend their position, just ignore them, sticks and stones.
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