In Era of Trump, Competition for Stupidest Man Alive Heats Up

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In the same category of cluelessness as “Keep the government out of my Medicare,” one of my favorite dumb whinges comes from people who complain that the mainstream media isn’t covering something—and then illustrate that “something” by linking to a piece in the New York Times. Stephen Moore, in a brave attempt to keep his title of Stupidest Man Alive in the era of Trump, provides us with this classic of the genre today:

Every news outlet in America had a big headline about the Obamacare premium increases. It was plastered everywhere and blathered about endlessly on cable news. You could stay unaware of this only by hiding in a nearby fallout shelter like Kimmy Schmidt and not coming out for a week. As for the Washington Post, well:

In fairness, this is yesterday’s edition. The Post actually covered it before anyone else. I guess Moore somehow missed it.

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