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Thursday, Mar 14, 2002

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"He has Scotty Reston's sweeping wall map in his office in the Times' Washington bureau -- with the Soviet Union as still the most prominent piece of the map -- but he goes out of his way to disavow any similarities in their roles. Reston, whose column ran in the Times at the height of the Cold War, facilitated a conversation at the grandest levels; Reston was a Washington aristocrat. Whereas Tom Friedman, in his columnist job for seven years now, is, as he tells it, just your basic Everyman."