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The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work

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Factual errors, ham-fisted analysis, and contradictory assertions distinguish the work of the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist and author.
The Imperial Messenger reveals the true value of this media darling, a risible writer whose success tells us much about the failures of contemporary journalism. Belén Fernández dissects the Friedman corpus with wit and jou
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Verso (first published January 1st 2011)
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David M
A vile buffoon and dullard of the absolute lowest sort. While it's easy to mock Trump for the amount of Fox News he consumes, what does it say of Obama that he took Thomas fucking Friedman seriously as an expert on foreign affairs? Quite simply, it points to a deep and long-standing rot among the political and media elites in this country.

At times Belen Fernandez's makes her job appear enviably easy. All she has to do is quote the motherfucker. His words are never less than breathtakingly stupi
Simon Wood
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Belen Fernandez in "Imperial Messenger" scrutinises the record of star New York Times reporter and pontificator in chief, as well as the writer of a number of bestselling books (see 'The Lexus and the Olive Tree" and "The World is Flat"), Thomas Friedman. Of course such a prominent figure as Friedman has been critiqued (and mercilessly skewered) before by the likes of Edward W. Said, Greg Palast, Noam Chomsky and Robert Fisk but this, to
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Exhaustively researched and well written. And also mind-numbing in how it's possible that this guy continues to write for the Times and has a Pulitzer. I'm not sure anyone can reach the level of grandiose hypocrisy while simultaneously being this trite and absurd. The book is mainly selected quotes from Friedman's various books, alongside the infamous "Suck on This" and various other arrogant pronouncements of how the world *really* works that have almost no basis in reality.

Hilarious if it was
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Belen exposes Friedman for what he is but it is a slog of a read.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
fun take-down but overall not that important in the long run. a good, light read if you're as morbidly obsessed with this guy as i am.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Definitely preaching to the choir but very enjoyable for members of the choir.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Honestly it would've taken less time to get through this slim little thing (the pagecount is almost half footnotes), if it weren't for having to keep stopping and daydreaming about the proper use of 2x4s, or at least an extended video document of this material presented at full length to a captive Friedman. As thorough an evisceration of the stupidity and incoherence of its subject as you could imagine, but could have used some sort of explanation of the mechanics of how this moral cretin has ev ...more
Mike Wigal
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fernández skillfully takes down Thomas Friedman, makes one question the New York Times and the Pulitzer committee.
Dec 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not a very productive book except if you want to learn 1500 different ways to insult someone. I mean, Friedman can suck my dick but still..
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