Thomas Friedman wants you to watch ‘Batman’ to understand ISIS

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Thomas Friedman wants you to watch ‘Batman’ to understand ISIS

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Add another one to the “you can’t make this stuff up” file. Tom Friedman is now quoting from “Batman: The Dark Knight” to explain ISIS, Boko Haram and their ilk:

Tom Friedman must have run out of cliches. Now he's stealing them from Hollywood and quoting Batman

— Abheek Bhattacharya (@abheekb) October 5, 2014

Friedman is referring to the scene when Alfred tells Batman that “some men” — like the Joker — “just want to watch the world burn.” You see? The Joker is ISIS/Boko Haram and President Obama is, we guess, Batman.

Is Friedman even talking about the right movie, however?

@AntDeRosa I swear to Zod that Friedman likely hasn't even seen Nolan's Batman films. ISIS is clearly Bane, not the Joker.

— Nicholas Slayton (@NSlayton) October 5, 2014

Bane as ISIS would make more sense. Anyway, it’s not only that Friedman is using a Batman quote to make his overly simplistic point, it’s that this quote takes up nearly 30% of his column:

This 850-word Tom Friedman column contains 250 words of dialogue from a Batman movie.

— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 4, 2014

But, hey, maybe this is a good thing?

I approve of Friedman padding his op-eds with 30% Batman quotes, and look forward to the day when they consist entirely of Batman quotes

— Felix Gilman (@felixgilman) October 5, 2014

@tomgara @liamstack Meanwhile, the Times cuts 7.5% of it's newsroom. Yet, somehow, the budget makes room to pay for this valuable insight.

— Andrew Cagle (@andrewpcagle) October 5, 2014

Twitter isn’t exactly on board with the Batman analogy, however:

This is perhaps the most Tom Friedman column to ever Tom Friedman:

— Andrew Lebovich (@tweetsintheME) October 5, 2014

@joshuafoust @BuzzFeedBen I'm sure Friedman knows as much about Batman as he does about fornicating. (h/t George Patton)

— Thomas (@thomasa56) October 5, 2014

@tomgara @dongohuber those are the best 250 words he's ever written

— vary scary rando (@RandoDaily) October 5, 2014

The Thomas Friedman column extensively quoting Batman – LOL. I also find more wisdom in average bit of Dark Knight dialogue than TF column.

— Paul Karp (@Paul_Karp) October 4, 2014

This broke my Tom Friedman article generator:

— Ben (@bensk) October 5, 2014

Tom Friedman has got the Middle East all figured out because Batman.

— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 5, 2014

And this is 100% accurate:

Today’s hot take.

— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) October 5, 2014

Maybe the Times can save even more money by having Tom Friedman start doing movie reviews in the Arts & Leisure section?


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