“The columnist is happy to explain; the book is a composite of columns that he wrote mostly in 2001 and 2002, followed by a great deal of previously unpublished notes from a similar time frame. ‘My hope is that this collection and diary will constitute a ‘word album’ for the September 11th experience,’ he writes. ‘There are many photo albums that people will collect to remind themselves, their children, or their grandchildren what it was like to experience 9/11. These columns and this diary are an attempt to capture and preserve in words, rather than pictures, some of those same emotions.’”
|By: DSWright Friday March 14, 2014 5:40 pm|
|By: Dean Baker Sunday January 5, 2014 4:00 pm|
Thomas Friedman once again pronounces a pox on both their houses, demanding that Republicans and Democrats compromise and embrace his agenda for moving the country forward. The big problem is that because Thomas Friedman apparently doesn’t believe in doing homework, he doesn’t actually have an agenda that would move the country forward.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday November 1, 2013 3:15 pm|
President Barack Obama has been holding more frequent meetings with a coterie of United States pundits. The pundits are given access to the president and, in return, Obama expects his points of view will be represented in national opinion articles that are published on current issues or affairs of the day.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 6, 2013 10:40 am|
Since Israel launched air strikes in Syria last week, more and more liberal supporters of greater United States intervention are presenting arguments they have developed to support advocacy for arming rebel groups.
New York Times columnist and former executive editor, Bill Keller, argues President Barack Obama needs to “get over” the Iraq invasion that did not uncover any weapons of mass destruction. “I fear prudence has become fatalism, and our caution has been the father of missed opportunities, diminished credibility and enlarged tragedy,” Keller writes.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday February 24, 2013 4:30 pm|
In this century Mexico has had the slowest per capita GDP growth of any country in Latin America. It has made almost no progress in reducing poverty and it is plagued by drug gangs and corruption. But Thomas Friedman sees a Mexico that doesn’t show up in the data:
|By: Dean Baker Sunday November 18, 2012 6:00 pm|
The evidence presented in Thomas Friedman’s column today would lead readers to believe that the economy’s biggest problem is that companies are being run by executives who are so ignorant of economics that they don’t know that the way to attract more workers is to raise wages. The column begins with the story of Traci Tapini, who with her sister is co-president of Wyoming Machine. For some reason Friedman assures us Tapini “is not your usual C.E.O.”
|By: Dean Baker Wednesday June 6, 2012 12:20 pm|
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Today, Thomas Friedman tells us about the squandered opportunities around the world, siding with Angela Merkel’s lecturing to Europe and promoting the Bowles-Simpson scheme to redistribute income upwards.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday February 26, 2012 1:20 pm|
|By: Dean Baker Sunday February 19, 2012 7:00 pm|
Thomas Friedman gave readers his pseudo endorsement of a candidate for president today. The person is David Walker, who headed up the Government Accountability Office from 1998 to 2008 before leaving to take the helm as president of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He later left that organization to head up another Peter Peterson funded venture.
Walker has been in the public eye over for more than a decade as a result of his crusade against the government budget deficit.
|By: Dean Baker Sunday December 11, 2011 7:12 pm|
The NY Times continues its policy of affirmative action for people ignorant of the world by allowing Thomas Friedman to write two columns a week on whatever he chooses. Today he talks about the job crisis.