The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work

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Thomas Friedman has been a New York Times foreign affairs columnist since 1995. He is said by many to be a principled observer of international events and an even-handed analyst of American policy. Bu...
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Thomas Friedman has been a New York Times foreign affairs columnist since 1995. He is said by many to be a principled observer of international events and an even-handed analyst of American policy. But Belen Fernandezs acerbic close reading of Friedmans voluminous oeuvre reveals instead a ham-fisted apologist for US military excesses and neoliberal corporate policies - as well as a risibly bad writer. Fernandez carefully reviews the Friedman corpus, and her documentation of Friedmans sloppy mistakes, inconsistencies, wilful ignoring of contradictory evidence, and sheer illogic is both appalling and amusing. Written with a light touch entirely lacking in Friedmans own prose, Fernandezs dissection is engrossing, but also quite serious. To take one example, Friedmans recycling of outdated Orientalist notions about Arab backwardness and fabrications of pro-Israeli truths convey a dangerously distorted picture of one of his areas of self-proclaimed expertise. In Fernandezs analysis, Friedman emerges as both exceptionally dreadful and symptomatic of the laziness of the mainstream media of our times.
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