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Good topic and good post. Thank you.

An alternative title to the post (and way of looking at the issue): How the media learned to love (some) Canadian academic economists. This view is not so flattering. The media is certainly more right-wing than it used to be, especially in print. But even more powerful is the neoliberal ideology and worship of capitalism and free trade that has swept the world since the 1980s. The media has put up little resistance. Most everything is measured in dollar terms now, so it makes sense that economists would be the experts of choice. By creating a few blogs and now posting on Twitter, certain economists have caught the eye of editors. Is it a coincidence that three of this blog's contributors have been selected to write for mainstream publications? Is it a coincidence that two of those three wrote for a publication run by the former editor of the National Post? (By the way, I am not accusing any of you of bias.)

Your second-to-last paragraph is fascinating. An economist should be able to answer your question. Is it a partially zero-sum situation? We can only read so much in a day, and if I am reading a blog written by a genuine expert, why would I go see the amateur version on a newspaper website? Krugman blows virtually any finance or economics reporter out of the water, and thank god for it. So even if you and he kill off most of economic journalism, society will probably be better off. :-)

Senator-Elect "How the media learned to love (some) Canadian academic economists. This view is not so flattering."

But there's an alternative, more positive spin on the story you're telling here. One can argue that Canadian politics is a lot less interesting than it used to be, and Canadian economics is more interesting, creating a shift towards demand for econ content.

On bias - there is definitely a disconnect between the public view of Steve Gordon some people have expressed to me and the reality of him as a person. That's true for most people, but for some more than others.

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