Suck. On. This.
November 13, 2012 2:04 PM Subscribe
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.
Part of the Counterblasts series from Verso Books, which "aims to revive the tradition of polemical writing inaugurated by Puritan and leveller pamphleteers in the seventeenth century" and "challenge the apologists of Empire and Capital."
Excerpt at Al-Jazeera.
Review in Foreign Policy Journal.
Belen Fernandez is a Contributing Editor to Jacobin Magazine and author of Coffee with Hezbollah.
Friedman critiques on Metafilter: Previously, Previouslier, Atrioslier
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