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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Math is hard ...

Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America, comments on proposals by the New York Times to charge a subscription fee for on-line readers:
What was coming to me anecdotally from my travels was the five worst words that as a columnist you ever want to hear: ‘I used to read you before you went behind the wall.'

Five? Of course this is the same guy that said that China's autocratic government was "led by a reasonably enlightened group of people".

Pulitzer, schmulitzer.

(ht: Ann Althouse)


The_Iceman said...

From Beirut to Jerusalem is a good book, until he starts delving into Israeli politics.

My dad bought me "the world is flat" and I read about the first 30 pages and I told my dad "this is left wing anti-globalization rhetoric" and haven't picked it up since.

Anonymous said...

"Pulitzer, schmulitzer" That's about right.

All one has to do is look at the types who've recieved the Pulitzer to see what sort of assholes the MSM respects.

Ted Rawl anyone?

TMiller said...

There are few writers as overrated as Friedman. No commentary on him is complete without this enjoyable, spot-on article.