Monday, September 29, 2008

The Hotter the Fire the Cooler He Gets

To profile Henry Paulson (again!) in the midst of the financial crisis NPR brings in heavy hitter, Yuki Noguchi (who according to her bio at the WaPo "is particularly interested in writing about how consumers interact with technology and Internet subcultures -- the weirder the better.")

Parents might want to send the kids out of the room for this one. Noguchi is probably going to give us the dirt on Goldman Sachs with it's long tentacles into more governments than United Fruit Co. Or, perhaps like Nomi Prins in the Nation she's going to remind us of "the fact that Paulson presided over Goldman Sachs during a period when the firm increasingly transformed itself from a classic investment bank relying heavily on profit from stable fees into something resembling a hedge fund, in which record profits were based on trading bets made with borrowed funds." Probably she'll consult economist Joseph Stiglitz who will tell her that "Paulson and others in Wall Street are claiming that the bailout is necessary and that we are in deep trouble. Not long ago, they were telling us that we had turned a corner." Or maybe...

...she'll just produce some vacuous, uninformative, weirder the better NPR homage to Paulson, using lines like
  • "Garten, a professor at Yale, is no slouch, but he says, Paulson keeps him on his toes."
  • "...he [James Gorder] says Paulson appears to have lost none of the endurance and vigor that made him stand out within an office full of overachievers."
  • "Garten says Paulson's actually better under fire."
  • "...so with the economy on the line, for Henry Paulson, the game is very much on."
It's journalism without mercy - and the direct quotes of "no slouch" Garten (a professor at Yale!) that she includes; they are hardcore:
  • "one of the most intense people I have ever met....so alert it makes you feel lazy."
  • "....and he came on like a raging bull, and I tell you I couldn't- I simply win a point"
and, of course,
  • "The hotter the fire the cooler he gets."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's pledge drive time. NPR can't afford to panic its contributor base. No, everything has to be in good hands. If NPR News is valuable to you, then call today and make a pledge.

Steve Byan said...

Anonymous, that's hilarious!

Did anyone catch Inskeep's war-mongering on ME today? From memory, it went something like this:

"UN monitors are going to Georgia today to monitor the Russian pull-out from non-disputed areas of Georgia. But Russia says its not pulling out [then, in a much quieter voice, he adds] of the disputed areas."

What a creep.

Anonymous said...

If NPR News is valuable to you, then call today and make a pledge."

You mean like this?

"I pledge allegiance to George Bush..."

I'll pick up the phone and get right on it.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Noguchi is trying to impress Palin. I hear the latter was also a "journalism" major in beauty school...I mean college.

This stuff DOES just get weirder all the time.

Anonymous said...

By the way, as an addendum to the last post.

At just which college Palin learned journalism [sic] is not entirely clear.

Palin went to so many of them -- 5 (in 6 years)

Macon D said...

> Palin went to so many of them -- 5 (in 6 years)

Yes, she was a peripatetic campus-hopper, but she did manage to develop the valuable skill of keeping an eye on Russia from her back porch. And that other skill of getting into a plane, from which she uses sprinting wolves as target practice, getting prepared for that inevitable day when those Russkie terrorists will start creeping across the tundra.

Anonymous said...

The sneakiest kind of Russkie terrorists: the ones in polar bear suits.

One more good reason to let the polar bears go extinct: won't have to worry any more about Trojan polar bears.