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 #2: No, I don't read Thomas Friedman. I'm not a lobbyist or a corporate CEO.