Strange fascination

The trial of Crypto Boy, Sam Bankman-Fried, is on in New York. The prosecution is making its case. The defendant’s erstwhile bros are ratting him out.

It’s about time that the government’s version got some media play. Lord knows, the news organizations have been telling SBF’s weird version of events for some time now. Yesterday I was leafing through the October 2 New Yorker, and there was yet another sympathetic article by a reporter whom his family brought into their inner circle. And another full-page stylized portrait of the beanbag chair sleeper himself. This on top of the family propaganda recently regurgitated by the New York Times.

I can’t recall an alleged large-scale con man ever getting so much fawning attention. It all seems designed to neutralize the well-deserved outrage over the harm that he caused. Parroting what the defendant’s mother told you is not journalism. I’m not sure what it is.


  1. Large scale con men generally do what their lawyers tell them and shut the hell up. It's been a while, but I don't recall Skilling or Madoff being this forthcoming without a lawyer sitting with them.

    SBF has calculated his odds here (I'd put them at 80/20). The Excel guy in him is gonna try and get that 20 as close as he can to a 30, which is 50% more! From there, he'll let it rip.

    Figure The Orange One's odds are right about the same, and one of them is gonna walk.

  2. Sam Bankman-Fried was enormously clever in financing a massive force of media defenders. SBF donated over $70 million to leftwing media organs (e.g. ProPublica, Vox Media, The Intercept, The Law & Justice Journalism Project) and leftish politicians, including $500,000 to the Democatic Party of Oregon as well as individual candidates (e.g. SBF tried to buy Oregon's 6th congressional seat for newcomer Carrick Flynn). That huge amount of smelly cheese attracts a lot of rats, and media sycophants who support them. It's no wonder these people defend Sam Bankman-Fried's crimes. They benefitted from his fraud.

    1. Sounds right to me. And it's remarkable how we're not going to prosecute the donations to the Dems, only the donations to the Repubs. It's all because of our treaty with the Bahamas, you know. What a crock.

  3. I think Sammy’s behavior is more more in line with an idiot savant than a financial genius.


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