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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Friedman-GM Feud Continues: The Thomas Friedman vs, General Motors donnybrook continues with a new, extra-long column from the Times columnist expanding on his criticisms of the company.

In the blogosphere, the conventional wisdom seems to be that (1) Friedman’s criticisms of GM, regarding the company’s promotion of its least fuel-efficient models, was valid; (2) his tone (comparing the company to a crack dealer) was completely over-the-top; (3) the Times was haughty and arrogant in its rejection of a GM letter responding to the criticism; (4) especially since the word “rubbish” to which the Times objected was considerably more temperate than Friedman’s rhetoric; and (5) the new column makes Friedman’s point far more effectively and in more measured tone.


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