Biography on Journalist Thomas Friedman Essay

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Thomas Friedman is an op-ed journalist that works for The New York Times. He often writes about issues concerning the Middle East but has some focus on America and other foreign countries like China. He is Jewish, well educated, and sixty years old. His experiences as a teenager and the way he was raised influence how he writes and is the reason for his focus on foreign affairs for The New York Times. He has also more recently been focused on a green revolution that needs to happen soon. Thomas Friedman's passion for environmentalism started from his passion of the Middle East because he saw that the world is not on a stable path and a change needs to be made soon. Thomas Friedman's past is key to understanding his writing topics and …show more content…
After he wrote The World is Flat, he worked for several years doing documentaries for the discovery channel about energy and environment(TIME) During this time he travelled all over the world and he saw how the flattening of the world contributed to issues in the environment and this led him to write his next book: Hot, Flat, and Crowded. In this book he calls for a green revolution and explains how he thinks that it should happen. Thomas Friedman would never have found his environmentalism passion without his passion for the Middle East. His career started by writing about the Middle East for The New York Times, specifically about the 1982 Lebanon war. His passion for the Middle East continued and he became the foreign affairs writer for The New York Times in 1995. He still writes today about the Middle East, with some focus on terrorism. An article he wrote titled "Hassan Does Manhattan" is a perfect example of his work focusing on the Middle East. In this article he writes about a press meeting with Iran's new president saying, "Iranians have now had enough democracy to know that they want more of it, and they've had enough Islamic ideology and sanctions to know they want less of them". He then goes on to talk about negotiations between Iran and America about nuclear weapons saying, "We should offer Iranians a deal that accedes to their desire for civilian nuclear power and thus affirm their scientific prowess …

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