M: I’m disgusted with the White House AND Thomas Friedman.
Three time Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman, shows a total lack of bias in his latest New York Times Op-Ed. We also found out he’s pretty bendy, since he is bending over backwards to slam Israel at every opportunity, while twisting their words and side stepping their very real concerns.
If the White House is disgusted with Israel it would not surprise me one bit. It is probably not the first time they expressed that feeling, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Someone should remind this administration that Obama isn’t President of the World.
Too many things, I am afraid.
Senior New York Times columnist describes Israeli cabinet as ‘out-of-touch, in-bred, unimaginative and cliché-driven’; says Jerusalem unable to adjust to changes in Egypt
The Israeli cabinet is cliché-driven and Jerusalem used the crisis in Egypt to to score propaganda points to the point where the White House was disgusted with Israeli interlocutors, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote Sunday.
Friedman, who visited Cairo following the recent uprising, described the Israeli government as out-of-touch, in-bred and unimaginative. He expressed concern over Israel’s future due to its inability to adjust to changes in the region as it sided with Mubarak until the very last moment.
Instead of listening to what the democracy youth in Tahrir Square were saying, Friedman says, the Israeli government frantically called the White House telling the president he must not abandon Pharaoh – and “used the opportunity to score propaganda points: ‘Look at us! Look at us! We told you so! We are the only stable country in the region, because we are the only democracy.’”
Ok, after I subjected you to Friedman’s opinion, I’ll make it up to you with this article by Martin Shirman on Thomas Friedman:
Go figure Tom Friedman
Op-ed: Top columnist writings on Israel ludicrous, offer wildly contradictory advice
Tom Friedman is journalist of undoubted talent. He has produced numerous insightful and thought-provoking columns on both US domestic politics and on international affairs that range from the ascent of modern India to the potential profitability for inventiveness in environmentally friendly technologies.
However, when it comes to Israel – specifically the Israel-Palestinian question – his writing morphs from the lucid to the ludicrous.
Indeed, since the beginning of the Obama Administration in late 2008, Friedman has sallied forth with series of articles that have not only been harshly critical of Israel, but also decidedly haughty and hostile. But as irritating as his condescending and contemptuous style may be, what is far more troubling is how the substance of his writings has become so detached from reality and/or so devoid of context.
Surely the time has come to treat Friedman with the disregard his undisguised bias and his unacceptable bile clearly warrant.
(hattip to Nevergiveup for the links)
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