Quote of the day: The chill in the air

…anyone who steps on the toes of either corporate interests or major conservative institutions (which are often more or less the same thing) has to expect to run into a buzzsaw. The purpose of that buzzsaw is not so much to get specific corrections as to intimidate — to deter the journalist and his or her colleagues from going there again.

And it works. I’ve seen it over and over: some commentator says the obvious, gets hit hard [with chill letter], and thereafter steers away from such issues and is very, very careful not to offend the hard right.

-Paul Krugman