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NYT’s Tom Freidman has gone bonkers

NYT’s Tom Freidman has gone bonkers

The New York Times has long prided itself as a publication of impeccable reputation in the world of newspaper journalism.  It claims to be staffed by the finest editors, columnists and reporters in the nation – producing the best writing to be found.  And a lot of folks on the left — who like to think of themselves as sophisticated — view the Times as their journalism bible.  The Times is often referred to as “the newspaper of record” – a rather ill-defined term that at least suggests superiority over all other rival publications.

Of course, not all of America shares that snobby view.   I have long viewed the Times as just another neighborhood publication that reflects the views of the local community – sort of a big city version of the Des Moines Register Mail.

I once was criticized for expressing my belief that the folks in middle America would not even cross the street for a free copy of the Times.  A friend volunteered to set up an experiment.  A sign was erected on one side of a street in a suburban Chicago community — with an arrow offering a free copy of the Times on the other side.  For further enticement, my friend played the role of a barker to further encourage people to get their free copy.  After making the offer to scores of average American people, no one took the bait.  Of course, it was a silly experiment, but we did get a good laugh out of it.  And at least I have some documentation for my claim.  But I digress.

The Times has always been a left-leaning publication.  But it has abandoned the standards of journalism– at least in political matters – to take up the cause of partisan advocacy.  It has become a communications vehicle for the Democratic Party.

Even having watched the newspaper shed any semblance of balance, I was not prepared to see the unhinged performance of one of the Times’ premier columnists, Tom Friedman.  Appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Friedman seemed on the verge of hysteria.  His emotional argument was that the Republican Party must be stopped from winning any elections in future elections if the American Republic is to avoid total collapse.  This has been a theme among the left, but Friedman proffered it with disturbing emotionalism.

In Friedman’s paranoid mind, a Republican takeover of the House, Senate or presidency in the coming years will herald the end of the American democracy.  The Republic will fall.  He was not informative in terms of what would follow, but he seemed to be suggesting a Trump dictatorship.

Friedman says he has never had a greater fear for the future of America than he has today.  For him, it is not only preferential that Democrats win, but essential.  He repeatedly called on Democrats to play their A-game.

Friedman lamented that the political arena has no common ground anymore.  We should be able to agree as Americans on certain things that transcend political division, he says.  Of course, those common beliefs that we all much embrace are … no surprise here … his beliefs.  There should be no differing opinions on things like Infrastructure Bills, masking, vaccination mandates, school curricula, immigration, taxation, etc..  

To me, it was Friedman’s fearmongering screed that had the ring of despotism.  You know, where the wise leader tells the people how authoritarian one-party leadership is good for the masses – as if democracy depends on the people to yield power and shut up.

In many ways, Friedman represents that which he purports to disdain.  He proffers for an arrogant authoritarian one-party system in which an elite class rules over the less able, the less intelligent and the less noble.

Friedman should cool down and notice how the Democrats’ sky-is-falling strategy failed in the last election.  The idea that every race across America is about former President Trump is not true – and therefore the public is not buying it.  The Republic is in no imminent danger – unless it is from the left’s tightening grip on government.  

In this past election, the voters demonstrated the collective wisdom of the masses.  They saw past the hyperbolic political malarky.  It is not possible for me to know if Friedman is a corrupt propagandist or is in the midst of some sort of emotional breakdown.  But whatever the cause might be, he is one unhinged columnist.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

1 Comment

  1. Joseph S. Bruder

    OK, Larry, to be fair and balanced, why don’t you offer the same criticism of FOX News, OANN, or Newsmax? You’re concentrating on the opinion in one television appearance of one writer. Yet, there are a dozen on FOX alone that spout Q-Anon conspiracy theories and lunatic fringe opinions and have manic meltdowns every night. When was the last time you saw Tucker Carlson NOT spouting unhinged paranoid fearmongering?

    I don’t usually read the NYT, but articles I see online seem fairly mainstream – and by mainstream, I don’t mean the boogie man MSM that right wing nutcases complain about, I mean that it seems to reflect the norms of society and a relatively unbiased view of the news.

    You’re the last one that should talk about media bias – you never miss an opportunity to slam Democrats or Joe Biden. You repeat FOX News fearmongering on a regular basis. Why is that you think Democrats or Independents or even less radical Republicans don’t trust the Republican Party? 90% of Congressional and Senate Republicans are still repeating Trump’s Big Lie, and refusing to acknowledge that Trump lost and Biden won. They all voted against a Congressional committee to investigate the attempted coup of Jan 6th. State legislatures are passing laws across the country to make it harder for Democrats to vote, Republicans are trying to gerrymander more and more precints in their favor, and Trumpists are actively running for offices that control elections with their own bias toward making sure Republicans win the next elections.

    When Boebert or Greene accosts Democrats in the halls of Congress or out on the steps of the Capitol building, or tries to smuggle guns through metal detectors, Republican leadership does nothing. When Gosar published a doctored cartoon showing himself killing another member of Congress and attacking the President, Republicans voted against censure. When Gaetz was credibly accused of raping underaged teens, leadership does nothing. I see no commentary about that in your writings either. I have yet to see anything in PBP about the members of Congress who helped organize the Jan 6th insurrection, or the “war room” at the Trump and Willard hotels in the days leading up to it. You seem to let the moral failings of Republicans slide, while fervently attacking Biden for even the most minor slip-ups (farting in public? must have been a really slow news day). Do you ever compliment Biden for doing something positive? Not a chance.

    Republicans seem to have given up even the pretense of doing something for the people of the country, in favor of bald-faced lying and cheating and doing whatever they can to stay (undeservedly) in power. The only significant bill to pass Congress during Trump’s four years was the tax cut for the rich, and that was a disaster for the economy and only helped rich Republican donors (and of course a lot of rich Senators). The majority of Trump’s term was mired in corruption, bullying, chaos, cronyism, nepotism, and contempt for the rule of law. I don’t recall you bringing that up much in your columns either.

    And you wonder why some people think it’s imperative that Democrats keep Republicans from winning elections? Republicans have proven that they’re incapable of running the country, and that they don’t care about preserving democracy. The 40 or so Republicans who haven’t buckled completely to Trump should break away and form a new party, without Trump’s baggage or influence. I think a sizeable majority of Republicans would welcome a new “Conservative Republicans of America” Party with open arms.

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