Well, dang, lets see how NPR - which has been touting the merits of journalists "trained to see patterns in data and ask informed questions" - covered the dueling forums:
Here's a little search of "World Social Forum" on the NPR site. What do you know, nothing from 2009, 2008, or 2007! In all just 8 results.
Let's compare that to a little search of "World Economic Forum" on the NPR site. Hmmm...seems NPR was a bit more interested in the big money at Davos. You can see a wealth (128 results) of stories on the capitalist forum, including a whole story featuring the pro-terrorism, bad Samaritan, and always wrong Thomas Friedman.
UPDATE: Readers have asked for more on "always wrong" Friedman, so here's a few interesting links - enjoy:
- Mark Rubert at Syracuse University has an Anti-Friedman page (taking on Friedman's love of global corporatism)
- Dean Baker takes Friedman to task for being a know-nothing about the role of the housing bubble crash.
- Lionel Beehner contemplates how Friedman sucks up to powerful CEO's instead of researching their practices.
- The Dim-Post has a rather cheeky look at the pillars of Friedmanism.
- Matt Taibbi reviews Friedman's The World is Flat and concludes that the same could be said of Friedman's book.