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David Segal And The Art Of Sneering
Aug 23, 2010
David Segal begins his extended New York Times story on the SEC’s suit against Sam and Charles Wyly with several paragraphs denigrating the manner in which Sam Wyly laughs. I realize it’s a feature story and cannot be expected to employ the formulaic opening of who did what, where, when, why, and how. But that is all the more reason the author should exercise his intelligence to begin with the essence of the matter. Alas, “reporter” David Segal graduated from Harvard in the postmodern era (1986), and in literature. So naturally his tale about a good-hearted man who created vast amounts of wealth, and now is being pursued by government, has to open with some sneers at the fellow’s mannerisms.
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The National Law Journal has an oped on the Rubashkin case: "Justice Denied," by Robert Steinbuch and Brett Tolman. According to the bio-line: "Robert Steinbuch is a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Brett Tolman, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Utah, is now in private practice in Utah at Ray Quinney & Nebeker. Tolman has worked on the Rubashkin case." So, this is hardly a neutral point of view.