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I was of course already familiar with the general characteristics of Friedman’s writing—hubris, clichéd jingoism, Orientalism, favoritism of Israel, self-contradiction, a severe handicap in the realm of metaphor construction, reduction of complex phenomena to simplistic and baseless theories. However, reviewing three decades of his work made it clear just how frightening, as opposed to simply laughable, it was that such a character had accrued three Pulitzer Prizes and risen to the position of journalistic icon at the US newspaper of record.
- Interview in Jadaliyya
with Belen Fernandez
on her (new to me) book critiquing NYT columnist Thomas Friedman, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work
. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum
on Nov 13, 2012 -
Duncan Black, the blogger formerly known as "Atrios
," coiner of the "friedman unit
," popularizer of the "very serious person
" as a term of derision, chronicler of wanking
in the punditocracy, has been counting down: 9
, to the THE ONE TRUE WANKER OF THE DECADE
posted by ennui.bz
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Tom Friedman, well meaning NYT columnnist lunkhead, gets job outsourced
In a stunning development, Tom Friedman - until recently the famous NYT op-ed columnist who has downplayed
the outsourcing of American jobs, finds his job has been outsourced
due to an egregious factual error concerning T-shirts. "[ BANGALORE, India ] I am delighted to write to you today as the new foreign-affairs columnist for the New York Times . My name is Tam Veeraraghavan. Ah, you say, you've never heard of Tam Veeraraghavan, but the name sounds vaguely Indian. Well, I am an Indian. I live in Bangalore. And I'm now the pundit you read in this newspaper. Now some of you might think that I'm an example of how outsourcing is hurting American workers. Well let me introduce you to Yamini Narayanan, an Indian-born 35-year-old with a Ph.D. in economics....."
posted by troutfishing
on Mar 11, 2004 -
Have we arrived at the end of the two state solution?
Tom Friedman, Ehud Barak, various Palestinian leaders, and a growing number of Palestinians on the ground, are starting to wonder if a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine is becoming impossible
. The idea is gaining momentum
on the ground in Palestine, as the contiguous area needed for a Palestinian state becomes less likely. Are we heading back to the days of "one (hu)man, one vote" campus activism a la the anti-aparthied movement?
posted by laz-e-boy
on Sep 16, 2003 -