Howard Kurtz in The Daily Beast on the media and Manti Te'o Disgraced Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has lots of questions to answer about his dead girlfriend, who only ever existed on Twitter. And while the scandal is embarrassing for Te'o, it's even more embarrassing for all the sports journalism outlets that never sought answers about her supposed existence in the first place, argues Howard Kurtz. "Let’s be clear: it wouldn’t have taken Bob Woodward to unravel this tissue of lies," Kurtz writes, praising Deadspin reporters Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey for taking the time to uncover this thinly veiled lie. "This kind of cybersleuthing could become increasingly important in a society in which many of us live our lives online. There is much we still don’t know about the Te’o/Kekua scam. But there is no escaping the media’s gullibility."
Paul Krugman in The New York Times on the deficit non-crisis Don't turn to Paul Krugman for answers on the "deficit crisis." He has arguments for how to keep it in check, sure, but he doesn't think we have huge problems on that issue. "The medium-term budget outlook isn’t great, but it’s not terrible either," Krugman writes, "and the long-term outlook gets much more attention than it should ... The deficit scolds dominating policy debate will, of course, fiercely resist any attempt to downgrade their favorite issue. They love living in an atmosphere of fiscal crisis: It lets them stroke their chins and sound serious, and it also provides an excuse for slashing social programs, which often seems to be their real objective."