Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tom Friedman's Chinese Dreams

Tom Friedman is a big fat idiot with a ridiculous porn-stache. There. I said it. Exhibit A (actually - there are many many examples but this is just the most recent): the vile piece of nonsense that was published as his column by the newspaper formerly known as the New York Times yesterday, extolling the virtues of the fascist Chinese state. Here is the money quote:

"One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century."

Friedman should be forced to go and try to work as a journalist in China for a year (or better yet, a coal miner), and then come back and talk about what an enlightened "green" dictatorship they are running over there. Forget about human rights, forced abortion, the Tibetans, the Uighurs, the horrible illegal brick kilns filled with child slave labor, the rivers that have turned black from industrial waste, blah blah blah; they banned plastic bags! China will save us all!

Three Pulitzer Prizes. This idiot has won three Pulitzers. Honest to Betsy.

On the bright side, maybe this will help make more people aware of what an absolute blathering hypocrite of a moron Friedman has become. From his sasquatchian carbon footprint to his fawning leadership of the Van Jones mutual admiration society, I think we may be seeing the jumping of the shark by this fool. At least I hope so. But then again, this is the New York Times - home of the execrable Maureen Dowd, so my hope is probably badly misplaced.

UPDATE: FWIW, A guy has started a blog after reading this atrocious article calling on the NYT to fire Friedman.

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