Thomas L. Friedman

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Thomas L. Friedman writes for the New York Times -- see how his employers describe him. See what the people at CounterPunch think of him.

For an extensive critique of Friedman's writings, see Belen Fernandez's The Imperial Messenger[1].

This editor (JB) thinks that Friedman is a dangerous purveyor of half-truths. His articles contain enough elements of truth that one can easily be misled into believing the untruths that accompany them.

Robert Parry reports (28 March 2015):[2]

Friedman’s Madness

The New York Times’ star neocon columnist Thomas L. Friedman ventured to the edge of madness as he floated the idea of the U.S. arming the head-chopping Islamic State, writing this month: "Now I despise ISIS as much as anyone, but let me just toss out a different question: Should we be arming ISIS?"

I realize the New York Times and Washington Post are protected by the First Amendment and can theoretically publish whatever they want. But the truth is that the newspapers are extremely restrictive in what they print. Their op-ed pages are not just free-for-alls for all sorts of opinions.

For instance, neither newspaper would publish a story that urged the United States to launch a bombing campaign to destroy Israel’s actual nuclear arsenal as a step toward creating a nuclear-free Middle East. That would be considered outside responsible thought and reasonable debate.

However, when it comes to advocating a bombing campaign against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, the two newspapers are quite happy to publish such advocacy. The Times doesn’t even blush when one of its most celebrated columnists mulls over the idea of sending weapons to the terrorists in ISIS – all presumably because Israel has identified "the Shiite crescent" as its current chief enemy and the Islamic State is on the other side.

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