Like the Pulitzer, or an Emmy it is just about behind the scenes butt kissing and coercion.
Remember how Krugman tried to use healthcare costs as a way to justify Obamacare? Remember how he said Europe would weather the economic turmoil far easier than America? Remember when he suggested that Europes debt crises was in no way related to an ever-expanding welfare state? (That was my personal favorite Krugman moment
Governments spending more money than ever before on entitlements was, somehow, not related to an increasing government debt.)