Wednesday, November 01, 2006

This Is The Most Trusted Trade Policy Expert In Our Media?

Norman Soloman has a followup to his fine recent parody of Tom Friedman.

The would-be-thinking man's John Stossel, said this:

Supposedly rigorous about facts and ideas, Friedman has prostituted his intellect. During a CNBC interview with Tim Russert in late July, the acclaimed savant made a notable confession: "We got this free market, and I admit, I was speaking out in Minnesota -- my hometown, in fact -- and guy stood up in the audience, said, ‘Mr. Friedman, is there any free trade agreement you'd oppose?' I said, ‘No, absolutely not.' I said, ‘You know what, sir? I wrote a column supporting the CAFTA, the Caribbean Free Trade initiative. I didn't even know what was in it. I just knew two words: free trade.'" ......

Tim Russert didn't bother to pursue the fact that one of the nation's leading journalists had just said that he fervently advocated for a major trade agreement without knowing what was in it. "But beyond Russert's negligence," David Sirota wrote at the time, "what's truly astonishing is that Tom Friedman, the person who the media most relies on to interpret trade policy, now publicly runs around admitting he actually knows nothing at all about the trade pacts he pushes in his New York Times column."

What's even more astounding than that is that the New York Times hasn't put it's harlot pimpernel on pubic notice to fact check or at least not to brag about the fact that he doesn't on national TV.

The NYT. The NYT . And people are asking why journalism is in decline.

So Tom Friedman is a know-nothing ass, and the NYT doesn't care if its columnists are know-nothing asses.

Neither of these things are exactly news to me, although it is a little unusual that Friedman would actually brag about it in public.
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