Daniel W. Drezner

The fee is falling

To explain how dire the economic situation is right now, one could mention General Motors, or bring up General Electric, or, hey, there’s always the latest jobs report.  The following tidbit of information, however, suggests how serious things really are: Based on data obtained from dinner chit-chat painstakingly gathered throughout the day, it appears that ...

To explain how dire the economic situation is right now, one could mention General Motors, or bring up General Electric, or, hey, there's always the latest jobs report

The following tidbit of information, however, suggests how serious things really are:

Based on data obtained from dinner chit-chat painstakingly gathered throughout the day, it appears that Thomas Friedman's speaking fees have recently fallen by 25%.

To explain how dire the economic situation is right now, one could mention General Motors, or bring up General Electric, or, hey, there’s always the latest jobs report

The following tidbit of information, however, suggests how serious things really are:

  • Based on data obtained from dinner chit-chat painstakingly gathered throughout the day, it appears that Thomas Friedman‘s speaking fees have recently fallen by 25%.

Of course, this could be because his speaker profile is a bit out of date. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. He blogged regularly for Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2014. Twitter: @dandrezner

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