MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, claimed today that a New York Times editor confided in him that Paul Krugman's column is "their biggest nightmare." Scarborough wouldn't reveal which Times editor told him that, and he said it was told to him "off the record."

The conversation veered toward Krugman when guest Niall Ferguson went after Krugman. "No one seems to edit that blog at the New York Times. And it's time that somebody called him out. People are afraid of him. I'm not," said Ferguson of Krugman.

Scarborough replied, "I actually won't tell you which public editor it was but one of the public editors of the New York Times told me off the record after my debate [on Charlie Rose's show earlier this year] that their biggest nightmare was his column every week."

Watch here, around the 1:50 mark:

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