Lately, the trillion-dollar coin proposal has faced a plethora of speculations and mockery. Among those poking fun naturally includes Jon Stewart. He mocked the idea on his show last week, saying “we don’t need some trillion-dollar coin gimmick, we need a way to get the world to take the U.S. dollar seriously again."
The New York Times Columinist Paul Krugman, who’s discussed the coin, in a web interview didn’t seem much pleased with Stewart. Krugman disagreed with Stewart’s approach and while criticizing him he said, “Lots of people think it’s a bad idea. Lots of people think it’s a good idea. But it’s not just, ‘Oh, those idiots.’”
He further continued by saying, “Part of the point about Stewart…is that he’s funny, but that the show is actually better informed than most of our public discussion. The idea is that the show should be like an especially good episode of the roundtable on This Week, but in the form of jokes. But when he just turns it into dumb, ‘I don’t know nothing, but those people look dumb to me,’ he’s ruining his own brand.”
Krugman also suggested a lack of professionalism on Stewart’s and his staff’s part. He saidof The Daily Show in the web interview, “hey, if we want this kind of intellectual laziness, we can just tune in to Fox.”
Watch the interview in the above video.