Thomas Friedman – Facebook Under Fire

Thomas Friedman is a internationally renowned Author, Reporter and New York Times columnist.

His journalistic career has spanned four decades with extensive writings on foreign affairs, global trade, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues.

He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of seven bestselling books, including; From Beirut to Jerusalem,

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century and the recently released Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

He also interviewed, and some say advised President Barack Obama.

00:00 Trailer.
02:26 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:24 Brian’s introduction.
07:02 Thomas’ memories of living in London.
08:35 Start of journalistic career in Fleet Street, London, leads to war in Beirut.
14:22 The 1983 United States embassy bombing.
18:28 Difference in journalism of today compared with when he started.
20:01 Why Facebook is not for Thomas.
24:06 Facebook needs to get its act together.
30:46 Putin always seems always to be looking for dignity in all the wrong places.
33:49 President Trump is a disturbed man and a disgusting human being.
35:56 The only way for Trump not to be re-elected.
42:53 Climate change is real, but Trump has no science advisor.
45:08 Thomas compares Barack Obama’s presidency with Donald Trump’s.
46:58 North Korea is a dynasty and what that tells you.
48:40 What influences Thomas’ journalistic style and phraseology
50:15 Israel and Iran could be a devastating conflict we are not expecting.
52:08 Why we should care what is happening now in Saudi Arabia.
55:47 How Thomas’ relationship began with Saudi Arabia and led to the Arab Peace Initiative.
59:24 Why Thomas was for the invasion of Iraq and the lessons he learnt from it.
1:05:06 The process of writing a newspaper column.
1:12:15 What scares him.
1:12:32 The most influential person in his life.
1:14:22 Phone call to the 20-year old Thomas Friedman.
1:17:22 Advice to the young people watching to prepare them for the future.
1:18:50 Brian’s summing up.

Thomas Friedman website
Thomas Friedman on Facebook
Thomas Friedman on YouTube
Thomas Friedman on Twitter
Thomas Friedman on Wikipedia
Planet Word Museum, Washington, DC

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
The World is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty First Century
The Lexus and the Olive Tree
From Beirut to Jerusalem
Other books by Thomas Friedman

Topics discussed:
Pulitzer Prize
Marshall Scholarship
SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies)
St Anthony’s College, Oxford
A Little Night Music
Fleet Street
United Press International (UPI)
Lebanese Civil War
London Evening Standard
Associated Press (AP)
Israeli – Lebanese Conflict
1983 United State Embassy Bombing
1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing
New York Times
Republican Party (United States)
National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
Iran-Israel relations
Iranian Revolution
Grand Mosque Seizure in Mecca
September 11 attacks
Arab Peace Initiative
Invasion of Iraq

People mentioned in this episode:
Barack Obama
Jimmy Carter
Henry Kissinger
Gilbert Cranberg
Leon Daniel
Terry A Anderson
Rex Tillerson
James Baker
Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump
Lindsey Graham
Rob Portman
Susan Collins
Marie Curie
Mohammad bin Salman
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Saddam Hussein

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Friedman needs a shrink.


This brainwashed fool is a ‘journalist’… hilarious.


Difference there is there are


Brilliant guy. But too many hmmm, huh, herr ………it hurts

Pieter Sadie

Thomas Friedman is truly a great journalist. Listening is a sign of respect, and it is amazing what people will tell you when they believe you respect them. Two important human values: People acting out on their Humiliation and Questing for Dignity. However, in terms of Trump I believe many will disagree. No matter how bad Trump may or may not be, I shudder to think what would have been the result had he lost. The elite bankers were about to put the final nail in the American coffin. I would hesitate to call that progressive. Sane societies are purposefully… Read more »


Brilliant. Authentic, From the heart. Thank you

John Homewood

This man is brainwashed and unbalanced. ‘The biggest threat is in the oval office’?? Surely it’s the Elite Money Men behind the veil? The few who control Wall Street and the USA political parties?


What a beautiful, well-spoken man!


Listening to this interview gives you the deep understanding of what Trump means when he refers to the mainstream media as “Fake News”. Pure resentment is what this so-called journalist transmits in every state he makes when referring to President Trump… so sad!

Brian, why won’t you invite Prof. Jordan Peterson or Prof. Stephen Hicks for your show… you and your followers will certainly love to hear their thoughts. Hope these suggestions can spark your interest.