NYTimes - Pray. Hope. Prepare. by Thomas Friedman ›

When I was in Cairo during the Egyptian uprising, I wanted to change hotels one day to be closer to the action and called the Marriott to see if it had any openings. The young-sounding Egyptian woman who spoke with me from the reservations department offered me a room and then asked: “Do you have a corporate rate?” I said, “I don’t know. I work for The New York Times.” There was a silence on the phone for a few moments, and then she said: “ Can I ask you something?” Sure. “Are we going to be O.K.? I’m worried.”

I made a mental note of that conversation because she sounded like a modern person, the kind of young woman who would have been in Tahrir Square. We’re just now beginning to see what may have been gnawing at her — in Egypt and elsewhere.

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This is your classic NYTimes orientalism à la Friedman. 

Weird title that sets up the Egyptian people as helpless? Check.

An empty dialogue that acts as a filler for what could have otherwise been an informative introduction? Check.

The description of an Arab female as “a modern person?” Check.

The rest is Friedman at his finest. 

  1. evabulgakova reblogged this from mohandasgandhi and added:
    What if all that ever existed as a media outlet were the NY Times. What then, I ask you?
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    "she sounded like a modern person". Thomas Friedman is the worst.
  6. thesocialistbookofeli reblogged this from mohandasgandhi and added:
    What the fuck did you expect though
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    Someone wrote an entire book about his bullshit. I think it’s called the Imperial Messenger. I still think Matt Taibbi’s...
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    I could fill this entire blog with just Friedman articles.
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    "Are we going to be OK?". -_-
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