Thomas Friedman is an ex-pornstar and op-ed writer for the New York Times. Friedman is a 'radical centrist, and writes from the point of view of the creamy middle of the political spectrum. Like other journalistic hacks, he believes that bipartisanship for the sake of bipartisanship is the greatest good politicians should strive for, regardless of the outcome. He is also known for his advocacy of a 'Third Party' candidacy for president, despite the fact that most of his political views are already represented by Centrist Democrats and President Obama.
Friedman is often criticized for his bizarre writing style. As Matt Taibbi famously put it: "He has an anti-ear, and it's absolutely infallible; he is a Joyce or a Flaubert in reverse, incapable of rendering even the smallest details without genius."
Friedman is the author of "The World is Flat, which is wrong, because the Earth is actually round.
Guy #1: Did you read today's Thomas Friedman op-ed? He was talking about how a Paan vendor in Mumbai told him that globalization is like an inverted ice cream cone with a sizzling steak on top of it with a wireless internet connection. I've got no clue what the hell he's talking about.
Guy #2: No, I don't read Thomas Friedman. I'm not a lobbyist or a corporate CEO.