Unethical Quote Of The Week: NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman

“Trump derangement? What Trump derangement?”

“… President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are essentially the same person… both men utterly without shame…protected by big media outlets utterly without integrity.”

One of many astounding statements by  aging New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who once could be taken seriously, in a column titled, Bibi Trump and Donald Netanyahu.”

How untethered to reality would anyone have to be to make the argument that President Trump is being “protected by big media outlets”? How about someone who works for the New York Times?

This is only one of the flat-out dishonest, amazing or just plain nutty assertions in Friedman’s piece. Read the whole thing, and see if you a can find them all. Here, let me get you started: in the quoted sentence, the missing section says,

“backed by parties utterly without spine”

I finally figured out that this a “resistance” talking point that I hear repeatedly from my Trump Deranged friends. For some reason it is proof of some kind of dereliction of duty for Republicans not to actively oppose and obstruct their party’s President unlike any other party, notably the Democrats during the Obama administration. The theory, see, is that this President’s agenda and policy measures are objectively bad and wrong—but they are not objectively wrong. They are wrong to Democrats, because they are counter to most of the Obama legacy. It’s really a silly accusation on its face, but like so many of the “resistance’s” Big Lies, when repeated enough with certitude, the gullible, inattentive public tends to believe them.

The rest of the column can best be summed up as a pure, primal bellow of hate. Does the Times really need more of this stuff? Charles Blow and Paul Krugman file nothing but Trump hate columns. David Leonhardt and Michelle Goldberg are nearly as crazed. Don’t editors realize that in addition to be unprofessional and self-indulgent, such columns are ultimately boring? Friedman’s screed carries the fury of Blow and Krugman into the stratosphere. It reminds me of—well, remember when I wrote about how in-court victim’s statements before the sentencing of convicted criminals is pointless, undignified, and beneath the justice system? The example that turned me against the practice was when relatives of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims lined up to excoriate him in court. One young woman jumped up and down while screaming as loud as she could, “I  HATE YOU, JEFFREY! I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU! ” I was embarrassed for her. Of course, this outburst had no affect on Dahmer; he was a psychopath. At least, however, she had a reason to be deranged; after all, the man had eaten her brother.  Friedman’s column essentially says nothing more useful or perceptive than  “I  HATE YOU! I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!” to the President, but all he did was get elected, spoiling Friedman’s schedule for a fully Leftist, government-controlled society and economy. (Tom is an outspoken fan of China, as you may know.) I guess the President ate Friedman’s dreams.

Since the terrific Open Forum turned in by Ethics Alarms commenters made this Blog Comment Appreciation Day, let me tip my metaphorical hat to Ann Althouse’s commenters, who had a field day with Friedman’s column. It is interesting to note that nobody defended it. Ann is not regarded as a conservative—she certainly doesn’t see herself as one—but as with Ethics Alarms, virtually all the dedicated progressive defenders have apparently abandoned the field. Althouse has been appropriately critical of many aspects of the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck, including the Mueller investigation hype, and those who have no persuasive defense of these  but who lack the integrity to accept reality apparently can only, as my father used to say, gather up their marbles and go home.

Here are some of the Althouse comments on  poor mad Tom’s column:

—“Openly and unabashedly pushing for increased border security and attempting to curtail illegal immigration is considered “stoking… fear and cultural division” in liberal elite land. They’re insulated by their wealth and power, so they can safely virtue signal by heaping scorn on Trump and his deplorable supporters as racist xenophobic monsters. Of course, it won’t win them any elections, but it’ll make them feel morally superior.”

—“They don’t have any buddies!They ain’t hip! None of the cool kids like them!This shit is so fucking juvenile.”

—“Which is why I believe that four more years of Netanyahu, which is almost certain after Israel’s election on Tuesday, and six more years of Trump, which is a real possibility, will hasten the emergence of an America and an Israel where respect for civility, democracy, an independent judiciary and independent media are no longer examples for others to follow…” After two years of Russia! Russia! Russia! I would say that respect for civility, independent judiciary, and independent media were turned into jokes by the American left wing. Unless Friedman would argue that Rand Paul’s ribs were broken and Steve Scalise was shot in a civil manner. Perhaps he would.”

—“Bibi’s strategy was to demonize the people launching rockets at his citizens? Damn, he is very smart–it’d take a true genius to put together such a winning concept! Well spotted, Friedman. You certainly aren’t a laughable hack.”

—“Friedman is another person whose elevation to punditry astounds me. Why should anyone, right or left, have any more respect for Friedman’s opinions than any random person he might meet on the street? Sheer speculation (“Both men have no close friends . . . Trump is clever but probably has not read a book in years . . . Neither man is interested in being a leader for all their people . . .”) is not an argument or support for an argument….”

—“Oh, I am all about getting back to norms, but the norms were crushed well before Trump. The Obama administration was all about forcing nuns to pay for birth control, getting people fired because they did not agree with whatever left-wing cause was ascendant at that moment, making laws up with a pen and a phone, shoving through Obamacare without any bipartisan support despite it being a massive change to the country, nuking the filibuster, and catering to the fanatical religious cult pretending to be a social and political movement that is called “social justice.” If you want to get back to love and tolerance and Bill of Rights and “It’s a free country, man” then I’m game with that, but a suspect Thomas Friedman’s ideas of “norms” dovetails nicely with his admiration of Red China. As for Israel being turned into a Republican cause, that was not the act of Trump. The Democrats are all too pleased, or in many cases all too scared, to accept the votes of anti-Semites. They have sow the wind and are inheriting the whirlwind. Or has Mr. Friedman been under a rock for the past four months? Trump is just pointing out the damn obvious.”

I understand this doesn’t meet any federal definition for hate speech, and I dislike the notion that any speech be so labeled in a free speech society. However, Thomas Friedman’s article is what I consider hate in written form.

Neither man is interested in being a leader for all their people

Hillary called half of the people she intended to “lead”, “deplorables”. Trump said, and still says, he wants to Make America Great Again; which certainly doesn’t include non-American’s, but is that “their people”, as in his tribe? Isn’t Trump’s tribe as defined by him, Americans, and wouldn’t that be “their people” for him to lead?

Ah forget it. When I read so much hate from such a person; I don’t sense reasoning to be an option. Rather, I sense self-destruction on their part in the near future.

Now, just for fun, I’m going to look at the New York Times readers’ comments. Ah! Here’s a typical one:

“As usual, an article with amazing insights. My only observation is the obvious difference between Israel and America. Israel is a relatively recent nation created for a select class of citizens, a class determined by race and religion. America was created, at least arguably, for occupancy by varied groups having different backgrounds and religions. Trump’s pandering to racists is more heinous than Bibi’s. Trump is destroying a history and a Constitution intended to provide freedom, equality and citizenship for all regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.”


12 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman

  1. I know people will read the Times and Althouse comments and say, “See? They have opposite perspectives.” But come on: if one doesn’t see disqualifications galore in Friedman’s reasoning, something’s wrong. It’s full of suppositions stated as fact: I see no evidence that Trump isn’t interested in the welfare of all citizens, just because some citizens are making absurd demands. Who knows if he has close friends, and who cares? Many, many leaders have no close friends; it’s a feature of the type. Similarly, if someone can’t see that hateful columns like Friedman’s aren’t a huge factor in exacerbating national divisions…well, that’s bias and blindness. How seriously polluted does one’s objectivity have to be to read utter garbage like this and thing, “What cogent analysis!”

    I don’t get it. At all.

    • It is fun to check out NYT comments, they can be more entertaining than the op-ed itself. Same goes for WaPo. It is frightening to think this is SOP for some people, and they see no issues whatsoever. This reminds me of a “Big Lie” moment I witnessed recently. I was at a house-warming party chatting with a woman, who has law school aspirations. She was interested in Con Law and the Supreme Court. I asked if she would want to clerk for one of the justices. She said there has been an unprecedented amount of female clerks to one of the recent appointments, but that would be, you know, Kavanaugh, and she wouldn’t feel safe working for someone like that. There was no explicit explanation, of what would cause her to feel that way, but it clearly was assumed “You know, the rapist”. My eyes were rolling on the inside, I wanted to call her our on that lie, but it was my first time among that group of people. I knew if I defend Kavanaugh, I will be blacklisted. I can empathize with Alan Dershowitz, who doesn’t get invited to Martha’s Vineyard parties any more.

  2. Jack wrote, “It’s really a silly accusation on its face, but like so many of the “resistance’s” Big Lies, when repeated enough with certitude, the gullible, inattentive public tends to believe them.”

    Thomas Friedman is another in a long line of anti-Trump progressives, aka hive-minded propaganda trolls, showing us how they use the Principles of Progressive Goebbelism to brainwash the public.

  3. “…protected by big media outlets utterly without integrity.”

    Yeah, I noticed that. Yesterday, the mainstream media downplayed the immigration issue at the border. They pointed out that ‘only’ 58,000 families came through the border illegally last month. They did admit that it is likely to top 100,000 families/month this summer. But, they were talking about how this was less than previously, so it isn’t really a problem. They complained that Trump wanted to change some of the methods of dealing with illegal immigrants detained at the border, but luckily, a single Federal judge stopped those executive orders nationwide.

    Yep, they were really protecting him and pushing his agenda there. Again, the only way to believe this nonsense is to be a true believer willing to drink the Kool-Aid.

      • … Tamper with Trump Official’s Food

        Yet another example of progressives telling their enemies how they wish us harm and death. The weak sauce of the Globe walking this back speaks less loudly than the fact they printed it in the first place. They thought it was good to go, a fair, balanced reaction and guide on how to treat political opponents: the push back (“Dude! That was too much truth!”) only reveals the hidden plans they have for deplorables.

        I believe them when they say these things. Why don’t more people?

      • People are openly dog whistling to anti-Republican, anti-Trump, anti-Conservative, anti-white, anti-man, etc. etc. that the ends justifies the means and they should do things like tamper with their food. This won’t end well, someone is going to die because of these lunatics dog whistling to their throngs of blithering idiots. The insanity is getting worse and worse.

    • Only 58,000 families thats down from what? It seems to me that the minimum number of people would have to be 116,000 people given that it takes at least two. If the average family size is 4 then 58,000 families is nearly a quarter million people (232,000). Put this in perspective, that means the numbers coming in could replace every person in cities like Baltimore every 3 months.

    • Michael R. wrote, “They pointed out that ‘only’ 58,000 families came through the border illegally last month.”

      Is that 58,000 separate family units or 58,000 in individual people that came in family units, I assume its the latter.

      I love their “only” political posturing nonsense. In the real world that 58,000 is a HUGE number, it’s nearly 5 times the population of the Village I live in, it could nearly fill up Lambeau Field, and if you extrapolate that out to a 12 month year it’s 696,000 and that’s more than the population of the City of Milwaukee. There were 58,000 illegals immigrants that swarmed over our borders, that’s an invasion*! It’s “only” 58,000, how stupid does the political left thing the population is?

      The illegal immigration political posturing that the left is presenting to the public is certifiably delusional, these people are off their blooming rocker!

      *Invasion: an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity.

      • TYPO


        It’s “only” 58,000, how stupid does the political left thing the population is?

        …should read…

        It’s “only” 58,000; how stupid does the political left think the population is?

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