Joe Scarborough blasted Paul Krugman after The New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner derided the talk show host as ill-informed and "against covering the uninsured," Politico reported
The political news website said it received an email from the MSNBC host accusing Krugman of being embittered after his poor showing in a debate the two held last year on "Charlie Rose" about the national debt.
"I guess the Nobel Prize winning professor hasn't gotten over being embarrassed in his economics debate against an Alabama grad who read Sports Illustrated in the back of my Econ 101 classes," wrote Scarborough, a former Republican congressman and Politico contributor.
"Paul's shrill attack is off target and wrong, as usual. I just hope the good professor can work through the humiliation of his debate performance against me and will soon stop being driven to post silly attacks because of his feelings of inadequacy. I'm pulling for him," Scarborough wrote.
The latest bout between the pair stemmed from the revelation that the Census Bureau has changed its health-insurance questionnaire.
On Wednesday's edition of his "Morning Joe," Scarborough accused the administration of making the change to cover up lagging enrollment in Obamacare.
"White Houses on both sides do their best to cook the books," he said. "This is a particularly clumsy effort."
Krugman retorted in a Wednesday blog post
titled "Obamacare Truthers at MSNBC" that it's "really quite vile to have talk-show hosts who quite literally know nothing about the field, other than that they're against covering the uninsured, casually accusing Census of 'cooking the books' to support Obamacare."
According to Salon
, the enmity between the two escalated last March after they clashed on "Charlie Rose."
Krugman admitted that Scarborough won that round.
"I was tired, cranky, and unready for the blizzard of misleading factoids and diversionary stuff," he wrote in a March 4, 2013, blog post.
He compared his embarrassment to the "Denver debate moment," a reference to President Barack Obama's poor showing in an October 2012 presidential debate against GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
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