Twitter Users React To NYT’s Biased Article On Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince

Following an article written by New York Times’s writer admiring  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Thomas Friedman was harshly slammed for his biased puff piece on Saudi royal.

His article came amid a Saudi blockade that is causing a humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the alleged kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Bin Salman has been criticised over the human costs of the intervention he has led in Yemen.

Earlier this week, UN warned that a further eight million people will be without running water due to fuel shortages arising from the Saudi-led blockade on the Yemen’s ports.

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Friedman’s article entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last.” was obviously in favour of Saudi’s crown prince.

Recently, NYT released an article condemning Saudi Arabia for spending billions of dollars spreading Wahhabism, its ultraconservative brand of Islam which in turn inspires ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists.

Friedman wrote Prince Bin Salman’s work habits reminded him of a line in the play ‘Hamilton,’ when the chorus asks: Why does he always work like ‘he’s running out of time,’” referring to the musical loved by American elites.

In his article, Friedman rarely offered any critique towards Bin Salman and focused on Salman’s efforts to modernize Saudi Arabia, which include allowing women to drive and fighting corruption.

Soon after the article published, Twitter users hit NYT’s writer over Saudi column, harshly criticising him.

Avi Asher-Schapiro, a foreign affairs journalist tweeted: “Over multiple courses of lamb in Riyadh, the Saudi Crown Prince easily convinced Tom Friedman that he’s a genuine reformer, mega-popular dude, and an all-around super awesome guy,”

A colleague of Friedman’s, Thomas Erdbrink, also slammed Friedman tweeted, “BREAKING: Saudi Arabia, which has funded extremist Wahabi mosques across Europe to become beacon of liberal Islam.”

@anhistorian, Georgetown University scholar Abdullah Al-Arian posted a rousing collection of New York Times headlines using similar language to describe Saudi royals for decades.

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