Casting the First Stone

Isn’t is pretty to be able to cast a stone like this:

When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, we have a problem. It becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues — deficit reduction, health care, taxes, energy/climate — let alone act on them. Facts, opinions and fabrications just blend together. But the …carnival barkers that so dominate our public debate today are not going away — and neither is the Internet. All you can hope is that more people will do what Cooper did — so when the next crazy lie races around the world, people’s first instinct will be to doubt it, not repeat it.

when you have been unapologetically wrong about almost everything, all of the time over the past decade? The above coming from the blood-thirsty Thomas Friedman whose passionate, factless and baseless musings were a major factor in successfully selling the Iraq war to mainstream America. Here is a guy who complains about the “next crazy lie rac[ing] around the world” but of his own past fabrications, regardless of the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis in a war unrelated to terrorism that he promoted, he brushes away with the cold-blooded “suck on this”. Friedman is just another “carnival barker” who is still allowed to have his own major news column. So what is he complaining about?

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