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uncle ebeneezer
09-15-2008, 02:15 PM
After 7 years of inaccurate 6-month predictions regarding Iraq, Tom Friedman is finally making sense again. Perhaps he'll go back to the kindof interesting columnist/author that he was back when his star was on the rise:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/opinion/14friedman.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

bjkeefe
09-15-2008, 04:41 PM
Yeah, I had the same reaction -- "Holy smokes! Tom Friedman wrote a good column!"

uncle ebeneezer
09-15-2008, 05:18 PM
We'll have to wait and see what happens in these crucial next 6 months ;-)

nikkibong
09-16-2008, 03:31 PM
Perhaps he'll go back to the kindof interesting columnist/author that he was back when his star was on the rise:


Hmmm . . . i'm not so sure. Doesn't being an interesting columnist/author require some elementary skills at . . . well, *writing* ?

I recall engaging in a few involuntary fist-pumps of joy when I first read this takedown of Friedman a few years back. Check it out: (NSFW if you're a Friedman hater like myself. You may be on the the floor in spasms of laughter/delight)

http://www.nypress.com/18/16/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

bjkeefe
09-16-2008, 04:27 PM
Hmmm . . . i'm not so sure. Doesn't being an interesting columnist/author require some elementary skills at . . . well, *writing* ?

I recall engaging in a few involuntary fist-pumps of joy when I first read this takedown of Friedman a few years back. Check it out: (NSFW if you're a Friedman hater like myself. You may be on the the floor in spasms of laughter/delight)

http://www.nypress.com/18/16/news&columns/taibbi.cfm

Taibbi's always good. Thanks for the link.

I will say that Friedman used to be good. I liked his book From Beirut to Lebanon quite a lot. The Lexus and the Olive Tree? Not so much. That one marked a clear transition into his I-understand-the-world-from-lunching-with-CEOs persona. Somehow, he changed from being a reporter into a pontificator, and usually comes off that way in his columns.

Or came, to be fair. I haven't read him regularly for years now, ever since The Friedman Unit became a Web standard of measurement. But maybe he's waking back up. I mean, even Richard Cohen and Joe Klein (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2008/09/continuing-albeit-painfully-slow.html) are.

nikkibong
01-17-2009, 05:05 PM
another great Taibbi take-down of the hapless friedman.

(review of his new book.)

enjoy:

http://www.nypress.com/article-19271-flat-n-all-that.html