Noah Smith: No Thanks

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Dear Mr. Covel,

I want to congratulate you for arranging an interview with Robert Aumann. You are very skilled at arranging interviews with prominent people in the fields of economics and finance and I am looking forward to listening to your future podcasts.

After listening to your podcast titled, Misinformed View on Trend Following, I was not surprised that Noah Smith raised your ire. You are another person in a long line of individuals who have been jolted by Smith’s writings on economics and finance. He is very skilled at writing columns that cause the people who he criticizes to respond vehemently. To give you an idea of how many people and websites have responded strongly to Smith’s writings, I will list some of them for you: Peter Schiff, Mike Shedlock, Robert Murphy, Gary North, ZeroHedge.com, Acting-Man.com, and TheDailyBell.com. Schiff recently interviewed Smith on his radio show. If you listen to the interview, you will hear that Smith is not afraid to debate a person that he criticizes and he is not rude. I encourage you to use your skill at arranging interviews to convince Smith to be interviewed by you. I believe that you will find him troublesome but you will learn that he is an intellectually honest person who simply wants to know what drives financial markets and the economy.

Sincerely,

[Name]

My interchange [with Noah Smith] revealed a petulant brat that deals in ad hominem and straw men [red herring]. Where was the intellectual honesty? Also, he had no clue on the subject [trend following] at hand. Maybe he is good at getting press, and I guess some people like teenage girl temper tantrums, but I don’t get off on that drama.

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