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The mustache speaks…

26 February 2013

Factual errors, ham-fisted analysis, and contradictory assertions distinguish the work of [Thomas Friedman,] the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist and author.

That, according to Belén Fernández, who — being witty and actually knowing what she’s talking about — is generally ignored North of the Border.  She shouldn’t be… Friedman should.

The-Imperial-MessengerFriedman writes of Mexico as if he discovered something new, when all he is really saying is that he spent the last several years reading himself.  What’s new in the fact that Mexico has a shitpile of trade agreements, a lot of engineers and low wages?

In other words,  Friedman wrote about the same thing he always does… throws out a couple of factoids and makes a sweeping assertion that’s meant to flatter whoever  it is he’s been paid to talk to how much wherever he is is the place of the future…

Rather pathetically, some of the most important people in Mexico (Secretary of the Treasury Luis Vidigaray, Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhán, business moguls Lorenzo Zambrano and Richardo Salinas) actually think Friedman matters… or that he’s saying something new.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 February 2013 7:52 am

    the only good thing is that Fredman noticed Mexico exists and in some positive ways, though according to his column, he sees it in two dimensions, just like the rest of his flat planet.

  2. buddenbooks permalink
    26 February 2013 7:53 am

    Sorry. Meant Friedman. My I is sticky.

  3. 27 February 2013 10:34 am

    Ah, “Six-months Friedman:” The man who repeatedly wrote, literally for years, that a “turn-around in Iraq” would happen within six months.

    His superficial knowledge of, well almost everything, becomes readily apparent once you try to break down his conclusions.

    Belén Fernández’ book is a recommended expose of just how sloppy Friedman’s “thinking’ is. And more, it exposes the faulty assumptions of much of the globalization crowd, where capital and work product are given free reign to travel and accumulate, but labor is highly restricted and oppressed. Friedman and his crowd are nothing more than modern day colonialists.

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