By: E&P Staff
Does New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s vast wealth have an effect on his worldview?
That’s the question posed by Creators Syndicate columnist Norman Solomon in a piece posted at HuffingtonPost.com.
Solomon said The Washingtonian reported in July that Friedman’s annual income “easily reaches seven figures” and that the Friedmans “built a palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million” in Maryland.
The Creators columnist continued: “Throughout his journalistic career, Friedman has been married to Ann Bucksbaum — heiress to a real-estate and shopping-mall fortune now estimated at $2.7 billion. When the couple wed back in 1978, according to The Washingtonian article, Friedman became part of ‘one of the 100 richest families in the country.'”
“Does Friedman’s astronomical wealth invalidate what he writes? Of course not. But information about the extent of his wealth — while not disclosed to readers of his columns and books — provides context for how he is accustomed to moving through the world. And his outsized economic privileges become especially relevant when we consider that he’s inclined to be glib and even flip as he advocates policies that give very low priority to reducing economic inequality.”
Friedman’s column is syndicated by the New York Times News Service.