Sunday Morning Mimosa
Here's Jim Newton's neutered interview of Eli Broad. In characteristic publicist fashion, Jim Newton gets Eli Broad to talk about everyone in town except Eli Broad.
Huge comment of the day yesterday:
Today's LAT article (8/25/2007), "Housing agency fires auditor", the electronic online version is now 3 paragraphs shorter than the printed version - missing the last 3 short paragraphs. 3 very short paragraphs missing. Wow!!! What is going on?
[The online version]
One would think that it would be the other way around. A shorter version may be need to fit the printed page, and the electronic version would have no space limitation and can remain slightly longer. But, no, not here.
What is in the 3 missing paragraphs?
I am going to retype one missing paragraph (found in the printed paper):
"The Estrada Courts group, a nonprofit run out of an Eastside housing project, received four contracts collectively worth about $95,000. It has employed former City Councilman Richard Alatorre as a consultant."
Richard Alatorre? The mentor and current senior advisor to Mayor V; and the mentor to and former boss of Robin K?
The remaining two paragrpahs named Gustavo Valdivia, the former staff member of current Councilman Jose Huizar; and also named former Councilman Nick Pacheco.
Did someone call LAT's editor to remove those 3 paragraphs???
Answer: probably not, only because the cut-and-paste people at the Times are already conditioned to anticipate the editor's concerns, even before they arise.
One thing for sure: online, you can't plead "but we didn't have the space..."
Daily News suggests that Countrywide used a misleading script to court cold-call customers. This is a good article. Sounds like they weren't exactly fully disclosed when they made the calls. That could be a big legal problem for Countrywide's top officers if it were proven. In financial services, lots of officers are obliged to sign off on such scripts.
Because everything at a financial institution involving sales calls is tightly scripted, a general script for cold calling definitely exists somewhere.
Hopefully, someone will get curious enough about it to subpoena it.
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