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Thomas Friedman - Facebook Under Fire

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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.
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Chapters

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 phraseology50:15 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.

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