Month: November 2014


"For a cautionary tale, everyone cites Paul Bradley Carr." - THE SUNDAY TIMES


Holy shit

Holy shit — Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith has just posted an incredible scoop, revealing that an Uber executive boasted of a plan to launch a secret smear campaign against Pando’s Sarah Lacy in response to our critical coverage of the company.

[Senior vice president of business, Emil Michael] was particularly focused on one journalist, Sarah Lacy, the editor of the Silicon Valley website PandoDaily, a sometimes combative voice inside the industry. Lacy recently accused Uber of “sexism and misogyny.” She wrote that she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed News reported that Uber appeared to be working with a French escort service. “I don’t know how many more signals we need that the company simply doesn’t respect us or prioritize our safety,” she wrote.

At the dinner, Michael expressed outrage at Lacy’s column and said that women are far more likely to get assaulted by taxi drivers than Uber drivers. He said that he thought Lacy should be held “personally responsible” for any woman who followed her lead in deleting Uber and was then sexually assaulted. Then he returned to the opposition research plan. Uber’s dirt-diggers, Michael said, could expose Lacy. They could, in particular, prove a particular and very specific claim about her personal life.…

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Taibbi: “Commenting on Paul Carr is completely beneath my dignity” (But that doesn’t stop him)

Matt Taibbi, newly freed from Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, is back with a vengeance. Exhibit A: His remarkable Rolling Stone piece about JPMorgan Chase’s $9bn witness.

I say remarkable for two reasons: First, because it’s an aggressive return to form for Taibbi who effectively vanished from the universe for months after he was hired by Omidyar. And second, because Taibbi revealed that the piece was originally intended to be the launch splash for his now defunct Omidyar project, Racket.

To promote the article, Taibbi and whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann appeared on Huffington Post Live yesterday. Towards the end of the conversation, interviewer Alyona Minkovski asked Taibbi about his departure from First Look. And that’s when things got very weird.

Having spent twenty minutes talking about the importance of exposing what happens behind closed corporate doors at JP Morgan Chase, Taibbi suddenly transformed into a tight-lipped company man. “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t talk about [Omidyar] unfortunately,” said Taibbi, almost as if bound by a non-disclosure agreement. Minkowski pressed on, asking if he at least had a response to Glenn Greenwald’s version of events, published on the Intercept…

“I really shouldn’t comment… No matter what my feelings toward First Look Media, I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about my former employers.”…

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