The End of the Experts? By Thomas J. Friedman, Published: July 4th, 2009

Αναδημοσιεύουμε από τη σατιρική «πλαστή» έκδοση των NYTimes το δήθεν άρθρο του Thomas J. Friedman, υπέρμαχου της Παγκοσμιοποίησης και καθόλου αγαπητού στο κοινό αρθρογράφου των,
περί δήθεν συγνώμης και αποχώρησής του.

Ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον έχουν τα συχνά κακεντρεχή σχόλια -123 μέχρι αυτή τη στιγμή- των αναγνωστών της εφημερίδας στο άρθρο αυτό, τα οποία αναδημοσιεύουμε επίσης.
Στη φωτογραφία ο Thomas J. Friedman.
Δείτε σχετικά και http://www.politismospolitis.org/?p=1287

The sudden outbreak of peace in Iraq has made me realize, among other things, one incontestable fact: I have no business holding a pen, at least with intent to write.
I know, you’re thinking I’m going too far. I haven’t always been wrong about everything. I recently made some sense on global warming and what we needed to do about it, for instance.

But to have been so completely and fundamentally wrong about so huge a disaster as what we have done to Iraq — and ourselves — is outrageous enough to prove that people like me have no business posing as wise men, and, more importantly, that The New York Times has no business continuing to provide me with a national platform.

In any case, I have made a decision: as of today, I will no longer write in this or any other newspaper. I will immediately desist from writing any more books about how it’s time for everyone to climb on board the globalization high-speed monorail to the future. I will keep my opinions to myself. (My wife suggested that I try not to even form opinions, but I think she might have another agenda.)
Baffled? I don’t blame you. So I’ll cite some facts to support my decision — a practice, I must admit, I have too seldom followed.
Let’s start with the invasion itself. I was pretty much all for it. Mind you, I was not one of the pundits, reporters, or public figures who said that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the United States. I knew better — but I said it didn’t matter!

Back in February of 2003, I wrote in this space: “Saddam does not threaten us today. He can be deterred. Taking him out is a war of choice — but it’s a legitimate choice.” In other words, we should invade a sovereign state and replace its government in order to remake the world more to our liking.
Now the simple fact is, an unprovoked attack on a sovereign state is a war crime, even when linked to grand ideas of the future of mankind. In fact, that’s exactly what Hitler did, for exactly the same reasons. The Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal called it the “the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
What was I thinking? And more importantly, why didn’t anyone stop me?

But wait, it gets worse. Having expressed how acceptable it was to commit Hitler’s signature crime, I then applauded the invasion of Iraq as an “audacious roll of the dice.” It should have occurred to me that this gamble would be unspeakably painful for an untold number of Iraqis who had done nothing to us — in other words, any of them.

Soon, when it became obvious that my pipe dreams for a peaceful and democratic subject nation were just that, I decided to say it was too soon to tell how things would turn out in Iraq, but that we would definitely know in six months to a year. I said this pretty much every six months for five years. And The Times just kept giving me more and more column-inches.
I’m not trying to beat myself up here. I’ve done that plenty already, believe me — and my wife has done the rest! But I have one question: why are newspapers like The New York Times letting people like me make fools of themselves, mislead the American people, and, worst of all, give their wives a lifetime of ammunition?

To err is human, but to print, reprint, and re-reprint error-mad humans like me is a criminally moronic editorial policy.
Nor, of course, is it only me. Just consider who populates the opinion pages of America’s top newspapers. Bill Kristol, who was actually hired by The Times long after being proven wrong on Iraq. Charles Krauthammer. Robert Novak. Mona Charen. Fred Barnes. The list goes on and on of officially-approved wise men (and a woman or two) who never once doubted that Iraq had vast stockpiles of W.M.D.s. And that’s just in newspapers.

We were all wrong again and again — and the consequences were devastating. Can anyone tell me why any of us should ever be asked, let alone paid, for our opinions ever again? Or, for that matter, why Richard Perle or Paul Wolfowitz should be allowed behind any sort of desk whatsoever as long as they live?
Peace in Iraq will undoubtedly have many far-reaching consequences. As promised, I’m not going to speculate publicly about what they might be.

Except one. As of today, I’m putting down my pen, to take up a screwdriver. I am going to retrain as an engineer and spend the rest of my life working to build non-carbon-based energy technologies. And I’m going to spend a lot of time washing my hands.

123 Comments so far …
1. w
no worries, dood. partys down here w/ ken and me in paraguay anyways

Comment on November 12, 2008 10:29 am
2. MICA : Photographic & Electronic Media
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3. Jamie D
If only… if only.

Comment on November 12, 2008 04:22 pm
4. Jeff Broido
Folks,

This is fabulous! Would that it will all prove true by next July!

Regards,
Jeff Broido
Morristown, NJ

Comment on November 12, 2008 04:43 pm
5. Cullen Athey
Well, at least you were literate and that made reading your stuff tolerable. You did occasionally say something worth reading, maybe your wife was feeding the good stuff to you in your sleep, eh? C

Comment on November 12, 2008 06:48 pm
6. Jonathan M New Zealand
Fantastic satire and great concept – I hope it stays up…

Comment on November 12, 2008 07:57 pm
7. Cassandra
Bravo to the truth-tellers, reporting it as it is. May the hypocrites they expose see their hypocrisy and not point the finger elsewhere.

Comment on November 12, 2008 08:25 pm
8. Anna
I am almost in tears reading this… like a dream come true. Too bad only a spoof. Keep up the good work!! Maybe more people will open their eyes.
Thank you,
Sincerely,
Anna G.

Comment on November 12, 2008 09:18 pm
9. mao
Es genial poder pensar el poder de los medios de esta forma y generar espacios de controversia como el que estan generando, el mundo necesita cambiar, nosotros tenemos que cambiarlo, ojala se pueda.

saludos

Comment on November 12, 2008 09:35 pm
10. Ian
A colleague of mine was in Baghdad for the invasion and he said that within two days of talking to local residents, he knew things were going to go pear-shaped. I’m curious why more experts like yourself didn’t talk to more Iraqis before endorsing the Bush administration’s second war plan. It still amazes me that a small group of decision-makers could override America’s vaunted system of checks and balances so effectively. If it happens again, I wonder where it will lead the country next time.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:32 am
11. Edward
I like this new alternate reality. I think I’ll stay here.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:43 am
12. progresive mews
ROTFLMFAO!!!!
If ONLY!

And yeah, I’m with you Edward – where’s the subscription button???

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:50 am
13. Joe S.
Is that starting now, or according to Friedman time scales? How many Friedman units before this becomes true?????

Comment on November 13, 2008 04:43 am
14. serrendipity
Tom, or Thom: enough already. Time for you to GO.

Comment on November 13, 2008 08:54 am
15. Luis A. Florit
Oh, no, don’t be so tough with yourself, Thom. It wasn’t you, It wasn’t the NYT. You just wrote what the majority of us wanted to read and believe. It’s not your shame: it’s ours.

Comment on November 13, 2008 09:13 am
16. susan
Wow — I think I’ll start reading the Op-Ed page again! Thanks, Tom Friedman — now if you can just keep your promises.

Comment on November 13, 2008 10:06 am
17. Leo
Great satire and incredibly right on many points.

Comment on November 13, 2008 10:44 am
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19. Gary C
I have been waiting for Mr. Friedman to finally admit that he’s really just a pompous fool. It’s great that he’s had a moment of clarity.

Comment on November 13, 2008 10:59 am
20. Eric in Somerville
This whole nytimes-se thing is both funny, clever, and refreshing to read, but I gotta say: Calling Thomas Friedman a proponent of the Iraq war is a bit of a stretch. Having just gone back and read the two columns that were quoted in this article however (”Tell the Truth” 2/19/2003, and “The Long Bomb” 3/2/2003) the argument he puts forth is basically “Sure it COULD work, provided that a) the UN was behind us, b) we committed our national budget and mindset to running Iraq for SEVERAL YEARS, c) Executed it PERFECTLY from day 1 (which Friedman made clear he did not think the Bush/Rummy/Wolfie team capable of) and d) made a concerted effort to put forth policies and aid packages around the Middle East that would make it obvious that we weren’t there on a crusade (like making a concerted effort in the Israel/Palestine conflict for once).

I mean I’m all for the idea of making fun of the blind proponents of the war. Some of the most powerful and influential people in the United States were *totally behind it* for some *absolutely retarded* reasons. But couldn’t you have picked a target a *little* more damning than the unflinchingly liberal-progressive Thomas Friedman?

Comment on November 13, 2008 11:06 am
21. Charles
Please Tom, take this to heart. You are guilty of providing liberal cover to an awful crime.

Comment on November 13, 2008 11:14 am
22. Frunoblux
So, how’d the Jets do tonight?

Comment on November 13, 2008 12:03 pm
23. melissa falls
Yes! Yes! from one journalist to another – Yes! Yes!

Comment on November 13, 2008 12:04 pm
24. Michael
Tom,
I am so glad you have finally woken up and seen the light. Good luck on your new career.

Comment on November 13, 2008 12:14 pm
25. pamela hathaway
Be the change you wish to see in the world!(Gandhi)
Good work darling yes men.
Keep on visioning.
Peace.

Comment on November 13, 2008 12:50 pm
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27. Matt
“Friedman Units” I love this

Comment on November 13, 2008 01:14 pm
28. Matthew
YES!!! I love this piece. I barely have words to express my contempt and disgust with Thomas Friedman, but this nailed him… He’s a liar and a propagandist, and one of the few public figures (along with Clarence Thomas and a few other hypocrites) I’d punch in the face if I had the chance.

Iraq is not his biggest mistake or lie– his Orwellian fudging of ‘free’ trade and freedom is his most damaging contribution to world discourse– but the point is, he deserves to be forcibly retired to a pool of globalized oil and excrement in one of the ‘flat’ countries he’s encouraged to be flattened.

Thank you so much!

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:00 pm
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30. Dubya
Dear Tom,

It is very saddening and not at all gladdening to hear this very saddening news. I thank you for very patriotically supporting my Wars on Terror and our troops. Without the help of New York Times and your colleague Judy WMD Miller and opinionators and strategery thinkers like you and Robert Novak, we will not be in the great situation we are in today – a situation where we have drawn all the Al Kaiders into Iraq and fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them in Afghanistan. I am very saddened you will not be writing your columns cuz I was hoping you would show the same support for the Wars against Iran and Syria that I will be launching on Jan 19th 2009. God Bless the NYT, Judy Miller and God bless you.

Dubya

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:21 pm
31. Dubya
Oh, Tom, I forgot. Will you please ask your Indian friend Mr Nandi if he can find me a job in his company? After Jan 20th I need a job. With the economy what it is today my investments are not making any money and my pension will not be enough to support Laura and the girls. I have eggcellent managering skills. Ask Harvard, they gave me a managery degree.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:28 pm
32. Bill Kristol
I was wrong too, Tom. I’m ashamed and embarrassed. Take me with you!

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:31 pm
33. John Agui
Yeah. This is like Christmas in November! I’m glad that such a pro-corporate globalization, pro-war, anti-worker, anti-American pathetic little egotist like you is leaving. Now, if only the new administration would send people like you, who supported this war, overseas to fight what you’ve created. When you were on Chris Matthews talking about how globalization has helped the U.S. Steel Industry, I just about threw up. Save your Machiavellian designs on the American economy and the world’s future to yourself. We don’t need it–or the help of the other little fascists friends that you name. Of all the things that you’ve written, you are right about one comment: “I have no business holding a pen, at least with intent to write.” Yes, you do have no business writing–anything.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:32 pm
34. catfish
Well Mr. Friedman, you’re also quite wealthy and can comfortably walk away from your job.

That said, I wish the publishers would fire everyone but Bob Herbert and start all over jst for the Iraq war alone.

I am…should anyone ask…available.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:42 pm
35. Big River Bandido
Could you take Maureen Dowd and all the other gasbags you mentioned with you?

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:44 pm
36. Arnold
About 20 years ago there was a Not the New York Times parody, same thing. I remember the front page article, right column, claimed the economy was “a basketcase.”

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:46 pm
37. mdh
No Eric (in Sommerville)

There is no Santa Claus,

but he believed it all anyhow, and in 6 month installment plans.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:47 pm
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39. Tosh
Dude,

Thanks. There’s nothing like liberal satire. (Actually all satire is, by nature, liberal.)

How ’bout a denouement for William Kristol, or, better yet David Brooks.

Comment on November 13, 2008 02:54 pm
40. King Teti
Jonathan Swift would be proud!

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:04 pm
41. alfrie
Don’t you unpatriotic naysayers know that we are just one Friedman Unit away from total victory in Iraq???

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:06 pm
42. Jeremy Tinyweener
The sudden outbreak of peace in Iraq has made me realize, among other things, one incontestable fact: I have no business holding a pen, at least with intent to write.

Feel free to stick it up your ass.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:14 pm
43. Oliver Holloway
Best column you ever wrote, best decision you ever made. I quit reading your articles years ago, and look forward to missing them for years to come.

I promise to avoid any media that supports you.

Goodbye, and good riddance, but good luck in your next career.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:16 pm
44. AT
Mr. T: you forgot one of your most important arguments before the war. You wrote:

“Bottom line: A quick victory that brings Iraq fully back into the oil market could lead to a sharp fall in oil incomes throughout OPEC that could seriously weaken the oil cartel and rob its many autocratic regimes of the income they need to maintain their closed political systems. In fact, give me sustained $10-a-barrel oil and I’ll give you revolutions from Iran to Saudi Arabia, and throw in Venezuela.”

“If that scenario prevails, you could look at an invasion of Iraq as a possible two-for-one sale: destroy Saddam and destabilize OPEC at the same time. Buy one, get one free. But you better prepare for the consequences of both.”

The fact that the NY Times continued to print your drivel over the six years since you wrote this mind-blowing piece of nonsense is truly astonishing. I suspect you got on the global warming let’s find alternatives to oil bandwagon so people would forget you actually wrote those lines.

BTW the ads on this alternate edition are even funnier than the articles.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:20 pm
45. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Thanks for making me more important than I would have been otherwise!

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:23 pm
46. PolicyWhore
Friedman is advocating nationalizing the big 3 automakers, firing their boards and replacing them with the “best and the brightest.” Granted, I don’t agree with that sentiment completely or all of his other opinions (though some are quite good) he is more often on your side of issues. Why you’d want to throw him under the bus for one opinion is just total libetardation! This just makes Democrats look like Neo-Cons.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:26 pm
47. PolicyWhore
Oh, and American Apparel employees ARE unionized! You might want to research.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:28 pm
48. Maximumken
Oh Tom, you don’t have to stop writing. Just adapt the George Constanza method: Write or say or do the opposite of whatever you’re thinking is the right thing! Imagine how accurate you would be! A Visionary! we’d call you. Amazing Insight! we’d say. Bright fellow! Others would ejaculate.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:43 pm
49. Valerie in Dallas
Penance is good for the heart … and soul. Even better is your actually taking responsibility by removing yourself as newspaper columnist. Best of all is your naming other columnists whose views are frequently and dramatically wrong and encouraging the NYT to remove them as well.

Thank you for your soul-searching honesty.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:48 pm
50. Valerie in Dallas
I should have known it was too good to be true — I just read the date. And I was even thinking to myself before noticing the date that, had it appeared on April 1 instead of today, I would readily have recognized it as an April Fool’s joke.

Oh, well — we can all hope …

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:50 pm
51. nitpicker
Of course it’s bad enough that the people who were wrong again and again–Kristol, Barnes, et al.–have not been shunned, but those who were actually got Iraq write were dismissed and, in the case of Robert Scheer, fired and replaced with Jonah “Never Right” Goldberg.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:52 pm
52. Nathan
You should publish these once a week. I’ll subscribe. This is the world I want to live in.

Comment on November 13, 2008 03:57 pm
53. Coonsey
Thomas,

We need people like you to be stating your opinion so the rest of us can ignore them and use our OWN minds and opinions.

Comment on November 13, 2008 04:01 pm
54. Ahr
Hope this was written by a prescient. Can’t wait to see the real NYT headlines on July 4, 2009. Fingers crossed.

Comment on November 13, 2008 04:02 pm
55. JD
Ha ha ha ha ha! It’s all just a funny that you provided cover for a war crime. What a laff riot!

You’re no different than Mike Savage or Streicher.

Comment on November 13, 2008 04:04 pm
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59. lostmypassword
Thanks for this. I didn’t use to read your column on the past 5 years, for reasons you cited above. You restored my faith in humanity and on your intellectual integrity.

Have a nice time out of the limelight, or come back and write more, now knowing that you are allowed to admit your mistakes

Comment on November 13, 2008 04:59 pm
60. King Teti
I have A Modest Proposal that Thomas Friedman not only lay down his pen but be forced to eat a copy of every article he produced condoning the war and occupation. At the same time it may be wrong to push an imbalance of blame upon editorial writers. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al steered the ship of state at various levels. For them, the preponderance of blame must be reserved.

Comment on November 13, 2008 05:01 pm
61. Alaskan Pete
Tom, as you said on Charlie Rose:

SUCK. ON. THIS.

Comment on November 13, 2008 05:14 pm
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63. Very well done « A Man With A Ph.D.
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64. Former Times Subscriber
Certainly there’s a children’s hospital in Baghdad, Mosul, or Tikrit that could use an orderly.

Comment on November 13, 2008 06:10 pm
65. Javier
bye bye.
great decision.

Comment on November 13, 2008 06:28 pm
66. Debt slave, not!
That was a great work of patriotism!!! It addresses the lying, cheating, big bucks, mass media that is now several years into a “1984″ scenario raping our country, broadcasting lies as truth, and bringing the lie of “Globalization” to our shores. As the Yes Men pointed out lots of this is simply outsourcing slavery. Between being snakeoil sales people to the U.S. public and stealing their money up front, then stealing taxes in shadowy moves by shadowy men in a bogus “bailout”.. there is an exponential crop of new monarchs, oliogarchs, and billionaires with even more money to shove their culture of greed and death to the detriment of us all, the silent majority due to mass media collusion. Thank you and please do more!!!!

Comment on November 13, 2008 07:19 pm
67. Little Brother
Satire, you say?

Damn!

Comment on November 13, 2008 07:44 pm
68. Mrs. Friedman
Hi, Tom. I’ve changed the locks and left a set of your pajamas with the doorman. Bye.

Comment on November 13, 2008 07:59 pm
69. Ellis Hollow » Iraq War Ends
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70. Damn I Wish This Friedman Column Were Real
The World would be a better place if Friedman would just go away and stay his ass gone!!!!

Comment on November 13, 2008 08:18 pm
71. Biting Satire
Biting because it is not true

Comment on November 13, 2008 08:20 pm
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73. Pulitzer winners don’t apologize
Needs a little name-dropping (”when I was in the Green Zone and spoke to Paul Bremer…”), but otherwise perfectly captures the world’s biggest lapel-grabbing bore.

Comment on November 13, 2008 08:54 pm
74. joeyess
I’ll give ya another Friedman Unit, Tom.

Comment on November 13, 2008 08:54 pm
75. joeyess
While you’re at it Tom, take that lying bastard Kristol with you.

Comment on November 13, 2008 08:57 pm
76. Jeffrey J Noll
FINALLY a copy of the New York Times deserving of “All the News That’s Fit to Print” I’ll subscribe! Many Thanks!

Comment on November 13, 2008 09:34 pm
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79. Rajesh Valluri
I hate this dude as much as anyone else and his condescending comments about the world and stuff. I can’t use the word shit it the real NYTimes, so I am using it here.
GREAT SHIT guys!!

Comment on November 13, 2008 10:15 pm
80. NSheaffer
Fine. Good. Quit. Come work with me selling bird seed at a bird seed place. For $8 an hour. I used to teach. Kids loved me. I got laid off.

I prognosticated the Iraq war better than you.

Feh.

Comment on November 13, 2008 10:33 pm
81. Jascha
Great idea! I hope this will continue.
Greetings from Germany!

Comment on November 13, 2008 10:41 pm
82. Alex
Why do we continue to legitimize people that support the wars? Due to mixed up media, 45% of us supported a candidate who STILL supports them. Let’s take care of our kids (www.teachforamerica.org) first, and our prison inmates next (www.dismashousenewmexico.org).

Comment on November 14, 2008 12:33 am
83. Naj
This article is dated July 4th 2009??!!!
Is it a joke?
and if not, Mr. friedman:

“Too little, too late!”

Comment on November 14, 2008 12:44 am
84. Callie B.
Awesome. If only it is true.
Widen the bike paths.
and hooray for the Yes Men.

Comment on November 14, 2008 01:21 am
85. Fil Munas
This is wonderful!

Comment on November 14, 2008 03:06 am
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87. Richard Silverstein
Hey, lay off me and my wife. Who’s going to pay for the mortgage on that multi-million dollar home I own in suburban VA. if not all those NYT columns and forest-felling books.

Comment on November 14, 2008 03:39 am
88. Tom Friedman
Hey, that Silverstein guy tried impersonating me and failed miserably. Don’t believe a word he said.

Comment on November 14, 2008 03:41 am
89. Jake Carney
I just wanted to be a part of history and they way things should be. First saw the headlines on a Russian channel they didn’t understand that all this stuff is really happening. This edition gave me the strength to go on.

Comment on November 14, 2008 04:18 am
90. Sir Doyle
How refreshing it is to see Friedman efface himself despite the fare “good press” that seems to follow him. Can NYtimes be like this more often? Any way to set up a spoof site full time and base it on the same level of incisive criticism?

Comment on November 14, 2008 04:50 am
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92. beindrueckt
Brilliant, just brilliant. Would that it were true. I hope the real Friedman reads this. And all his sorry lot of pigheaded pundit colleagues, too. Let them all do some honest work to at least try to make amends for their crimes against humanity. They need to see up close the damage their acts has wrought. Btw, I learned about this “improved” New York Times last night on news here in Germany. Good news travels fast!

Comment on November 14, 2008 06:26 am
93. Samuel
When I first read from Beirut to Jerusalem, I immediately decided Thomas L. Friedman was a man to be listened to regarding the Middle East. His incite struck a chord in my mind. Then, I have to say, I lost a lot of respect for him over exactly what he outlines here, with remarkable self-deprecative humor. If he reads these, and probably he doesn’t, I would like him to know that he just won back some of my respect. I still think he was wrong in many of the ways he tongue-in-cheek admits here, but we are in desperate need of a press that has a sense of humor about itself. So I applaud this gesture.

“To err is human, but to print, reprint, and re-reprint error-mad humans like me is a criminally moronic editorial policy.”

That is priceless.

Comment on November 14, 2008 06:30 am
94. akin
Congrat from Serbia! For looong years I wished Thomas Freedman off the map ! Your satire soothes my heart. This at least.

Comment on November 14, 2008 07:17 am
95. GREYDOG
THE WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL IS WAITING FOR YOU AND YOUR PALS.

TICK. TICK. TICK. TICK. TICK….

Comment on November 14, 2008 08:14 am
96. Gaby Papanikolaoy
The article on Thomas Friedman is great, and conforts me a lot : whenever I read his column, I was in trouble: Is he crazy or my own sense of reality is distorted…
Now I realize, that I am not the only one who felt strange about him.
Before , I had started to believe that all Americans have an essentially different conception of reality.
Thanks to everybody, who made this edition.

Comment on November 14, 2008 09:46 am
97. yelamdenu :: The end of the Experts – Thomas Friedman on his New Insights :: November :: 2008
[…] Source: New York Times online […]

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98. messels
was that really freidman? lol.

glad to see this is still up; i tried hitting the pages yetserday evening and the site was “down”…error? censorship? hope this doesn’t come down any time soon.

go, go yes-men!

Comment on November 14, 2008 12:09 pm
99. messels
err…not the author but the commenter “tom friedman”

Comment on November 14, 2008 12:09 pm
100. David
This would all be cute except for referring to invading other countries as Hitler’s “signature crime.” Oh, right–that genocide thing? Those Nuremberg Laws? Those are mere pecadilloes next to that whole declaring war thing.

That’s the precise moment I stopped laughing at this whole brilliant spoof.

Comment on November 14, 2008 12:20 pm
101. Staggslaw
Now, now, don’t be too disappointed when President Obama doesn’t swing as far left as some of you hope, or even if he doesn’t swing us any farther than what many of us consider the middle. President Clinton was perceived as doing that, and we got the Republican congress and their Contract on America in 94. It took until 04 to dislodge them. You shouldn’t expect, or want, the new administration to swing us as far left as the Republicans took us to the right, else you should expect to find them back in power sooner than you can imagine. Satire though this be (I think), you can expect them to point to this as evidence of who we really are. Moderation, people, that’s what the Cons lacked, and what done them in!

Comment on November 14, 2008 12:59 pm
102. Tim Grace
That’s the difference between liberals and conservatives; liberals dream about things they’d like done whereas conservatives actually do seomthing. I’m just happy all of you had to deal with President Bush for the past 8 years; I’m looking forward to constantly complaining and showing no respect to President Obama the same way you have done to President Bush. Grow up and stop blaming everything that is wrong with the world on the government. You’re part of this nation to, act like it.

Comment on November 14, 2008 01:17 pm
103. “Thomas Friedman”: The End of Experts « Middle East News and Comment
[…] November 14, 2008 by js3262 A wonderful spoof: […]

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104. Javier
the answer to my rage about your positions came in the form of a blogger in the NYTIMES itselt!
You lost the trust of a big part of your readership. And that is priceless.
Check how non-flipflopers live about:
Cartesian Blogging, Part 3
By ERROL MORRIS

Comment on November 14, 2008 02:11 pm
105. changcho
Brilliant! Why does Thomas Friedman still have a job at the NY Times? If any common person had been as disastrously wrong as him, that person would have been fired for incompetence.

Comment on November 14, 2008 02:26 pm
106. Non Vivant › Yes Men upend the Old Gray Lady
[…] Times mock-up from a utopian future: the Iraq war ends, America glorifies diplomacy and reason and Thomas Friedman finally gets the message. “The sudden outbreak of peace in Iraq has made me realize, among other things, one […]

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107. Iraq’s Not The Sole Issue
To those who say that Friedman is “liberal/progressive” and the Yes Men are satirizing him unfairly for just one opinion (namely his support of the Iraq war) – have you actually READ Thomas Friedman? He’s always been an unapologetic proponent of “free” trade and neoliberal globalization (read: corporate world domination), and he also famously supported the use of U.S. military intervention to enforce a corporate agenda way back in 1999, when the Iraq war was just a glimmer in Paul Wolfowitz’s eye. Friedman is the ultimate factually challenged right wing scoundrel.

Comment on November 14, 2008 03:33 pm
108. grasshopper
This is the most honest article I have read in a long time.

Comment on November 14, 2008 03:42 pm
109. Heather Holmes
Good for you! And thousands more like you should follow you into silence. Hope you’ll donate however much you’ve made from all the NYT columns to a fund for maimed Iraq war vets.

Comment on November 14, 2008 04:01 pm
110. P-Flake
Wow, you seem to have taken a good long hard look at yourself, and decided a career change is in order, Bravo! Don’t sell yourself short though! What about that brilliant piece you wrote on the conflicts of the Middle East being resolvable if the people involved would just learn to play golf. That was truly enlightening. About what I’m not sure, but hey who doesn’t like reading about golf. You’ve definitely had some stellar moments and will be missed.

Aideu!

Comment on November 14, 2008 04:14 pm
111. Norman Michael Harman
to Eric in Summerville,
Tom Friedman a “liberal progressive?” How long has it been since you regularly read Mr. Friedman’s column? He’s no progressive, he’s a neo-liberal on economics (blindly and slavishly pro-globalization to the point of being pathetic), and I guess he could be considered a liberal-hawk, i.e., one who has some moderately liberal social attitudes while supporting any and all wars thought up by any and all American presidents. And as to his recently acquired environmentalism stance: it sounds good but it’s hard to take him seriously when he continues to support the neo-liberal, globalization agenda, an agenda that is philosophically opposed to any regulation of industry and supports some of the most destructive business practices in the world – not to mention the destruction of the entire global working class.
I’ve been reading Friedman for a long time – I read his “Lexis and the Olive Tree (laughable) and his “Flat Earth” (silly and shallow) – and believe me, he’s no progressive.

Comment on November 14, 2008 07:09 pm
112. Sarah Sunstein
Tom:
You forgot to mention the destructive role you’ve played in convincing Americans that the Palestinians are always wrong and the Israelis always right.The Dec.issue of Tikkun Magazine http://www.tikkun.org has an article analyzing your role in one such instance–thw way that you blamed the failure of Camp David on the Plaestinians 100%,an interpretation which fit with the needs of the Israeli occupiers but was completely disputed by the Israeli peace movement. Wouldn’t you like to atone for that as well?

Comment on November 14, 2008 07:21 pm
113. reader
Nice satire! Lots of truth in it.

I still love reading Thomas Friedman. I disagree and learn. That’s the whole purpose of the op-ed pages!!

Comment on November 14, 2008 09:12 pm
114. Enid
Thank Goodness! I’ve been ranting about him being an idiot since I read Lexus & Olive Tree ( seems like a generation ago). I’m betting the “Yes Men” were behind it.

Comment on November 14, 2008 09:50 pm
115. Mista Mayday
#4 Jeff Broido and all others who are inspired by this masterpiece please remember that voting is only one part of democracy. These wonderful visions can only be possible if we really work to make them so. Any fund raising politician, no matter how well intentioned, is not going to be able to bring about drastic changes unless the population is forcing him to do so.

FDR’s New Deal was not a personal masterpiece, but rather the result of tremendous public pressure, agitation and civil unrest.

2 cents

MM

Comment on November 14, 2008 10:53 pm
116. Clint McClintic
Thomas Friedman, your column is a fave. I get it in several papers and usually support you. Keep writing.
Peace, Clint

Comment on November 14, 2008 10:59 pm
117. Lizabeth Eva Rossof
This is so lovely I am crying… so powerful, lovely.. perfect world. It’s ours lets go get it!
Congrats to all who put this together. Really great. The best. WOW.

-Liz

Comment on November 14, 2008 11:02 pm
118. SuZo
I’m not a follower of your column…your “spoof” was forwarded to me. Hmmm…Mea culpas…NYTimes paycheck…Mea culpas…NYTimes paycheck. The mea culpa was well-written, accusing your bosses of supporting you and your opinions–disingenuous, pointing fingers at your media peers–pot calling kettle black (if your self-accusations are true). Methinks I see a clever fellow who will keep his job at the Times…your spoof probably will give them a bump in readership. Personally, I don’t listen to talking (or writing) heads…prefer to think for myself.

Comment on November 15, 2008 12:03 am
119. Const.
A professional enthusiast
tireless adaptive
through his pen even retirement seems suspicious

Comment on November 15, 2008 07:23 am
120. WRWarren,Jr
Mr. Friedman, your august presence in this beautiful and historical satire adds an almost surrealistically “real” quality to it. My congratulations to you and your cohorts for this masterful piece of art, and my further congratulations to you personally for your award this year. (Read you in the Seattle Times or P.I.) Nice job, everyone!

All the best, always,
Bill

Comment on November 15, 2008 11:39 am
121. a career journalist
What makes this fine parody bittersweet to some of us journalists is knowing that there were (and still are) professionals in our industry who are fully capable of providing knowledgeable commentary and real insight into the issues our nation faces. Unfortunately, they tend to be under-utilized, censored by inept management, and deemed too controversial because they don’t follow the corporate guidelines for sucking up to those in power, and they tend to toss out the RNC’s daily talking points memo, which means they’ll never get a job in AM radio.
Face it, true journalism, which can be a critically important, and even honorable career, is mortally wounded in this country. Rush Limbaugh gets millions for spewing half-truths and lies (calling it “entertainment” to cover his ass, but then telling listeners that if they want to know what’s really going on, they need to listen to him as an authority next – he’s a great propagandist), while anyone who actually tries to practice real journalism is almost always squashed by the corporate media.
Hell, I was writing against the war before it started, and anyone who investigated the WMD issue would have easily discovered serious causes for questioning the Bush administration’s spin. Had the press acted responsibly, we may not have even gone to war.
Our corporate media in this country is absolutely guilty of dereliction of duty and aspiring to utter mediocrity in journalism. In fact, the American media is every bit as guilty in helping the war in Iraq take place as the Bush administration. And make no mistake, the mediocre media we have should be directly implicated in the dumbing down of the American public, partially because so many in the media are not all that bright themselves. I worked for an editor who actually told me that he was tailoring his editorial policies to go after the demographic who got their news from watching Fox News on TV. I still wonder just how low you have to go to get people who can’t read and like being told how to think to pay money for your newspaper instead?
Can our industry do better? Easily. I know because I could have taken a handful of reporters from a paper I worked at who wanted to do better but were thwarted incessantly by management (we’re talking a major publicly traded media giant here), and we could have turned out a far better publication that would have served the public interest. But that was not what management wanted, so instead, any form of investigative journalism was abolished and judging reporters was done by “byline counts” where the quality of a story didn’t matter, just how many press releases you rewrote and stuck your name on.
Thanks Yes Men for this parody. Unfortunately, every day that I review American corporate media seems like a parody.

Comment on November 15, 2008 02:05 pm
122. Rick
Hitler’s “signature” crime was not, in my opinion, the annexation of Austria, but the murder of (and heinous “medical” experimentation on) 6 million Jews and 1.5 million other unfortunates. There are plenty of other actors the article could have used to compare the US “invation” of a sovereign nation to (consider the infinitely more timely example of Russia and Georgia). The author’s selection of Hitler (the universal symbol of the devil in mankind) was clearly intended to evoke eviceral and unfairly negative reactions. I consider such writing to be theatrics, but fear that less clearheaded readers might fall for it.

Comment on November 15, 2008 02:56 pm
123. joe90 kane
I have to admit
that I have never read anything ever written by your good self Mr Friedman, but it still comes as a great shock to me that you have resigned due to force of circumstance.

It’s not your fault you’re hopeless. Many of us are, especially President Tweedle-Bush and Prime Ministers Tweedle-Blair and Tweedle-Brown.

I appreciate you doing the decent thing but there is really no need, as anybody who has a brain and enjoys using it, won’t be any the wiser and won’t know the difference anyway, of your splitting the scene.

I suppose Sarah Palin has been too much of an epiphany revelation for you and you have come out in sympathy with this singular emblematic loser, against all your better principles it has to be said of corporate greed, self-centredness and selfish aggrandissment.

Can I suggest a new career for you of telling the truth to the people that can do something about it, the general public.

We won’t read your likes again Thomas, and I never have actually, to tell the truth.

Au revoir!

Comment on November 15, 2008 03:49 pm

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  1. Ο/Η P.D. λέει:

    @Eric of Somerville: the briefings about Tom»s writings was a good arguement.
    For the remaining commentators: It is truth that Hillary will be the next secretary of State? (In Bar-O goverment) The members of the Senate tribe, both dems and reps who voted for the war -like her, have been re-elected? Certainly Bar-O has Mad-O-bright in his diplomacy… arsenal. Ha,ha,ha.

  2. Ο/Η Περικλεους Διονυσια λέει:

    Την φάτσα στην φωτογραφία κάπου, μα κάπου, την ξέρω. Είναι ανοικονόμητη και δεν μπορεί να γράφει περί οικονομίας.

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