Does High-End Lifestyle Cloud Thomas Friedman’s Op-Ed Judgment?

When Thomas Friedman told us at the Webbys that he “can get on a plane right now and go to India, don’t have to ask anybody, and somebody’s got to pay for it,” he was referring, of course, to the New York Times. But he could’ve been referring to his in-laws.

Notes David Sirota in the Huffington Post:

As the July edition of the Washingtonian Magazine notes, Friedman lives in “a palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million, on a 7-and-a-half-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club.” He “married into one of the 100 richest families in the country” — the Bucksbaums, whose real-estate Empire is valued at $2.7 billion.

Sirota suggests Friedman “uses his position to push the very specific economic policies (such as “free” trade) that the superwealthy in this country are pushing and exclusively benefit from,” and that Friedman should disclose his status as a billionaire scion in his columns.

Perhaps, but doesn’t our status as a couple-hundred-thousand-maybe-scion affect what we write about, too? Should we have to disclose that every time we post?

Billionaire Scion Tom Friedman [HuffPo]

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