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

http://twitter.com/#!/Paul_Karp/status/518539498355838976

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 http://t.co/qHeYNOrT6z

— 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. http://t.co/KzqgICfDNW

— 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: http://t.co/2eWvUUHzqX

— 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: http://t.co/wuxUyi5TLh

— Ben (@bensk) October 5, 2014

Tom Friedman has got the Middle East all figured out because Batman. http://t.co/n39iZLaDDd

— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 5, 2014

And this is 100% accurate:

Today’s hot take. http://t.co/ZjEmqMgQji pic.twitter.com/UNTNgDSbfd

— 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?

Related:

Wolf Blitzer/Tom Friedman interview makes Daniel Drezner ‘want to gnaw my arm off’

Hysterical! What would happen if NYT’s Thomas Friedman pulled a Maureen Dowd?

New tone: Thomas Friedman likens GOP to Hezbollah

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/05/thomas-friedman-wants-you-to-watch-batman-to-understand-isis-and-boko-haram/

January 3, 2017
Thomas Friedman wants you to watch ‘Batman’ to understand ISIS

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

http://twitter.com/#!/Paul_Karp/status/518539498355838976 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, […]
January 3, 2017
Photo fun: Who would better protect us from a viral epidemic?

Photo fun: Who would better protect us from a viral epidemic?

http://twitter.com/#!/davealevine/status/523257020179562496 OK, let’s do that. We’ll leave aside the partisan politics for a minute and just enjoy a good old-fashioned Ebola-themed brain teaser. Be honest — […]
January 3, 2017
I will consume all of this at the same time because I am a free Canadian

I will consume all of this at the same time because I am a free Canadian

Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/wUqhK8L
January 3, 2017
Afternoon nap

Afternoon nap

Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/yAyTu
Prev page
123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100101102103104105106107108109110111112113114115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133134135136137138139140141142143144145146147148149150151152153154155156157158159160161162163164165166167168169170171172173174175176177178179180181182183184185186187188189190191192193194195196197198199200201202203204205206207208209210211212213214215216217218219220221222223224225226227228229230231232233234235236237238239240241242243244245246247248249250251252253254255256257258259260261262263264265266267268269270271272273274275276277278279280281282283284285286287288289290291292293294295296297298299300301302303304305306307308309310311312313314315316317318319320321322323324325326327328329330331332333334335336337338339340341342343344345346347348349350351352353354355356357358359360361362363364365366367368369370371372373374375376377378379380381382383384385386387388389390391392393394395396397398399400401402403404405406407408409410411412413414415416417418419420421422423424425426427428429430431432433434435436437438439440441442443444445446447448449450451452453454455456457458459460461462463464465466467468469470471472473474475476477478479480481482483484485486487488489490491492493494495496497498499500501502503504505506507508509510511512513514515516517518519520521522523524525526527528529530531532533534535536537538539540541542543544545546547548549550551552553554555556557558559560561562563564565566567568569570571572573574575576577578579580581582583584585586587588589590591592593594595596597598599600601602603604605606607608609610611612613614615616617618619620621622623624625626627628629630631632633634635636637638639640641642643644645646647648649650651652653654655656657658659660661662663664665666667668669670671672673674675676677678679680681682683684685686687688689690691692693694695696697698699700701702703704705706707708709710711712713714715716717718719720721722723724725726727728729730731732733734735736737738739740741742743744745746747748749750751752753754755756757758759760761762763764765766767768769770771772773774775776777778779780781782783784785786787788789790791792793794795796797798799800801802803804805806807808809810811812813814815816817818819820821822823824825826827828829830831832833834835836837838839840841842843844845846847848849850851852853854855856857858859860861862863864865866867868869870871872873874875876877878879880881882883884885886887888889890891892893894895896897898899900901902903904905906907908909910911912913914915916917918919920921922923924925926927928929930931932933934935936937938939940941942943944945946947948949950951952953954955956957958959960961962963964965966967968969970971972973974975976977978979980981982983984985986987988989990991992993994995996997
Next page