Jon Stewart responds to Krugman: Trillion dollar coin still ‘stupid f*cking idea’

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 0:16 EDT
google plus icon
Jon Stewart screenshot
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

On his show Monday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart responded to criticism from Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

In his column, Krugman attacked Stewart for lampooning his idea of minting a $1 trillion platinum coin to avert the looming federal debt ceiling battle. Krugman said Stewart typically employs “knowing jokes,” but had lazily reverted to “yuk-yuk-yuk they’re talking about a trillion-dollar con hahaha.” He later said in an interview that Stewart was tarnishing his brand of humor.

“If someone is ruining their brand with a trillion dollar coin idea, I don’t think it’s the non-economist,” Stewart remarked.

“Look, as with most bits we do, whether of the fully fleshed out or more drive-by variety, there are always various counterarguments and nuances of language and thought that can be cited as evidence of this show’s inherent unfairness or ignorance,” he added. “So, I stand by our research on the topic, the due diligence, and my ignorant conclusion that a trillion dollar coin minted to allow the President to circumvent the debt ceiling, however arbitrary that may be, is a stupid fucking idea.

“And I’m a fan.”

Watch video, as aired on Comedy Central on Jan. 14, 2013, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.