A reader writes to add to an earlier list of “five liberal pundits”
Add NY Times columnist Tom Friedman and former Tribune editor/current Daily Beast contributor James Warren to the list.
Friedman has been wrong about almost everything he has every written about – from the wonders of global free trade to the wonders of the Iraq war.
Matt Taibbi has done the best take downs of Friedman. Here’s the most famous of those:
Glenn Greenwald points out how Friedman is emblematic of our imperial press corps – shilling for the corporate state, but wrong about everything:
Somehow Friedman, despite being wrong about pretty much everything, gets to continue to pontificate about the horrors of teachers unions and the wonders of standardized test scores in China (not realizing, of course, that only a small segment of children in China take those tests and thus are counted in the scores.)
If there were a value-added score for Tom Friedman, it would be in the negative.
Read something he’s written and you lose brain cells.
As for Warren, he attacked teachers for whining about air conditioning in the Daily Beast earlier this week.
Warren doesn’t seem to care that some Chicago schools are actually in session in July and August and some teachers have to work in classrooms with 40+ students when it’s a 100 degrees.
Warren also called Karen Lewis a “bumbler,” though it seems Warren’s old newspaper thinks Emanuel was the one who bumbled into – and then through – this strike by being tin-eared and sticking to his “Demonize the Unions” strategy he’s been using since NAFTA:
As the son of stockbroker, I guess I can see why Warren would side with Emanuel and the Hyatt heiress over the students and teachers of Chicago.