We are not worthy.
Matt Taibbi eviscerates one of the pundits who deserves it most in “Someone Take Away Thomas Friedman’s Computer Before He Types Another Sentence”:
When some time ago a friend of mine told me that Thomas Friedman’s new book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, was going to be a kind of environmentalist clarion call against American consumerism, I almost died laughing.
Beautiful, I thought. Just when you begin to lose faith in America’s ability to fall for absolutely anything — just when you begin to think we Americans as a race might finally outgrow the lovable credulousness that leads us to fork over our credit card numbers to every half-baked TV pitchman hawking a magic dick-enlarging pill, or a way to make millions on the Internet while sitting at home and pounding doughnuts — along comes Thomas Friedman, porn-‘stached resident of a positively obscene 11,400-square-foot suburban Maryland mega-monstro-mansion and husband to the heir of one of the largest shopping-mall chains in the world, reinventing himself as an oracle of anti-consumerist conservationism…
It gets better. Go. Read the whole thing.
This is our world. A “serious” pundit can be wrong about almost everything, but he’ll still be a favorite of the inside the beltway cocktail weenie circuit, he’ll still have the “serious” writing gig, he’ll still be on the cable news channel panels of “serious and learned” villagers, and he’ll still get the lucrative book contracts. Though I figure in six months the influx of material into the remainder bin at the local chain bookstore might allow me to get some cheap insulation for my garage.
He’s been wrong about almost everything and he’s an enthusiastic cheerleader for the conventional wisdom which got us in to this mess (from 2003):
America. You can be wrong all the time and an idiot and still make millions. That about sums up where our nation finds itself right now.
It’s their world, we just live in it.