Krugman o “integriteti” Heritage Foundation

Paul Krugman na blogu navaja zanimivo anekdoto o “integriteti” oziroma načelnosti desničarskega think tanka Heritage Foundation, ki objavlja sicer znano in močno citirano lestvico Economic Freedom. Pri tem najprej navaja zapis iz Washington Posta o nenadni spremembi kurza Heritage Foundation glede ocene situacije v Maleziji – od kritike do hvaljenja, seveda takoj zatem, ko je predsednik Heritage Foundation posredno prišel na plačilno listo malezijske vlade:

For years, the Heritage Foundation sharply criticized the autocratic rule of former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, denouncing his anti-Semitism, his jailing of political opponents and his “anti-free market currency controls.”

Then, late in the summer of 2001, the conservative nonprofit Washington think tank began to change its assessment: Heritage financed an Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2001, trip to Malaysia for three House members and their spouses. Heritage put on briefings for the congressional delegation titled “Malaysia: Standing Up for Democracy” and “U.S. and Malaysia: Ways to Cooperate in Order to Influence Peace and Stability in Southeast Asia.”

Heritage’s new, pro-Malaysian outlook emerged at the same time a Hong Kong consulting firm co-founded by Edwin J. Feulner, Heritage’s president, began representing Malaysian business interests. The for-profit firm, called Belle Haven Consultants, retains Feulner’s wife, Linda Feulner, as a “senior adviser.” And Belle Haven’s chief operating officer, Ken Sheffer, is the former head of Heritage’s Asia office and is still on Heritage’s payroll as a $75,000-a-year consultant.

In seveda Krugmanov piker komentar glede pravilne ocene malezijskih oblasti, kako se učinkovito lotiti kritikov:

It seems that some years ago Malaysia’s ruling party took a good look at leading pundits and policy intellectuals in the conservative movement, reached a judgment about their personal and intellectual integrity or lack thereof, and acted in accordance with that judgment.

Funny how Malaysia gets who these people are and what motivates them — while our own press corps doesn’t.

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