When a left-leaning public figure is aggressively made the target of potentially career-harming criticism from well-connected right-leaning individuals, institutions or news outlets, as in the way the Dixie Chicks were lambasted for their opposition to the Iraq war in 2003.
Paul Krugman definitely got Dixie Chicked by Donald Rumsfeld after that op-ed where he said the neocons tried to use 9/11 as an excuse to go to war.
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