Big Tech's Bad Boy wants a double standard on privacy? You don't say, The Intercept!

Jeff Bezos bitches about his own privacy being invaded but maintains his superfabulous fortune by invading other people’s privacy?

Say it ain’t so, The Intercept!

I happen to respect Glenn Greenwald. The world must frustrate him no end for its never-ending slumbering nincompoopity.

But that a Titan of Industry is throwing an epic temper tantrum as he is pissed off that someone did to him what he has done to everyone else is par for the course for a tyrant. They know all about their rights as they trample over yours.

What happened to him wasn’t blackmail. It was doing business. It is negotiations, no different than when you are in a civil suit and the two sides play hardball, pulling out what they have to rattle the other side’s cage. Plea negotiations in criminals matters play the same game.

Someone pretends to wear a halo in the press. Someone else knows this is a bullshit story, and gathers dirt exposing that this halo is a lie. They push it for all it is worth. That it happened to Bezos isn’t a tragedy. In the old days, he would have just stoned him to death for adultery because those cootie carriers were bad for the gene pool. Today he can blubber on Medium how the big meanies had his dick pics and dance around the room with them laughing and calling him names. He and Tony Clement ought to start a support group for spoiled white men in power who are total dweebs who don’t get how this whole Internet thing works.

That anyone is entertaining Bezos’s narrative is a bigger dweeb. He cheated and got caught and exposed. He has no expectation of privacy in 2019, and he knows it. He is just trying to deflect attention away from his own stupidity that is going to cost him lots of billions.

Own it, Mr. Bezos, as small as it is.

And good on Mr. Greenwald for keeping sensible in these impossible times…

A very uncivil war...




The Wall Street Journal dishes on Vice and their thwarted blossoming relationship with the Saudi regime.: I found this passage interesting:

The talks with Vice about a business partnership are unlikely to move forward, according to the people familiar with the discussions. Vice said it was reviewing its deal with government-controlled Saudi Research and Marketing Group, or SRMG, to produce documentaries about Saudi society.

How nice. No special interests, just pure facts and objectivity here, kids.

And then who should bluster into this narrative but Big Tech’s Bad Boy:

Amazon Inc. founder Jeff Bezos on Thursday pointed to additional efforts on the part of Saudi Arabia to polish its image in the Western media. In a blog post, Mr. Bezos alleged National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. had tried to blackmail him and potentially colluded with Saudi Arabia to damage his reputation. The National Enquirer last year published a front-page cover of Prince Mohammed and nearly 100 pages dedicated to his kingdom’s reform efforts. Saudi individuals also have held talks about a possible investment in AMI, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

When asked on Friday in Washington whether Saudi Arabia played any role in the dispute with Mr. Bezos, Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, said: “As far as I know: flat no.”

Oh my, oh dear.

Legacy media tattling on digital media who are getting exploited by Big Tech. Because there is economic troubles and danger, all of a sudden, the knives come out, and they are cannibalizing each other.

Vice hooking up with a regime? Not surprising as its daddy is shedding a few assets, but everyone here has their own interests and survival they’re fretting about, and there are no halos in this batch to root for…

The Bezos Brouhaha takes an interesting turn...

Someone is throwing a fit.

Amazon’s overlord bad boy Jeff Bezos went to Medium to cry foul, claiming he is being blackmailed with dirty pics of his affair.

That the National Enquirer plays dirty? Of course, and they play for keeps. This isn’t kindergarten, children. This is war, and the various armies aren’t Middle Class mommies and daddies. You want to be the world’s most powerful and richest man? You’ve made enemies stomping your way to the top. No Corporate Giant got to where he is unless he played the same war games. Stop trying to spin a victim-based narrative.

He is trying to contain the fallout, knowing full-well what is on the line. He is going to have to pay through the nose in the divorce settlement, and golly, owning The Washington Post isn’t beguiling the public. He can even be pushed out, or suffer diminished power. The stakes are high.

You had an affair, and you were careless, Mr. Bezos. You gave the ammo and the gun to them. The consequences are on you. Money cannot always intimidate or impress everyone. You just thought you were too smart and rich to get caught.

Life is hard, even for billionaires.

Somehow, I am just not feeling sorry for a philanderer who is careless in a world with some pretty insecure technology…

Big Tech robber barons mistreat workers? You don't say!

Journalism built up those Big Tech Titans of Industry for decades. They were the Great Men of our time. I have written about this problem repeatedly, but now that journalists didn't get their cookies and lollipops for drooling over these players, they are now acting like a jilted lover, throwing dirt they would have known from the beginning, but was saving when the timing was right. Oh dear.

Tesla is under fire these days, and Fast Company is miffed that they are fighting back, all but calling the stories "fake news".

Tesla isn't wrong.

All those fawning stories over the years was advertising presented as news -- that was fake news.

So that's what Big Tech has been used to from the press. Let's not pretend they weren't groupie stenographers for the last few decades. They enabled and built up these monsters, hiding the unflattering information first -- the way The New York Times built up men such as Harvey Weinstein, axing any unflattering stories, and when they could no longer play make pretend, spill the beans and then get a paper crown for it.

Fast Company's article on Tesla is very revealing in a common manipulation practice of Appealing to Virtue-Signalling, with the headline saying it all:

Tesla calls journalism nonprofit an “extremist organization” after negative story

The notion that the "nonprofit" is some sort of right and righteous charity group isn't true -- "nonprofit" these days simply means funded by partisan billionaires with the end goal of smearing their rivals and opponents, as they try to shame any narrative that goes against their self-interest.

What you have these days are a few billionaires who are buying the press coverage using the pseudo-noble terms such as "nonprofit", weakening their enemies, strengthening their public image, and getting a tax write-off with their "donations."

This is hardly in the public interest, and it's hardly new.

But these days, journalism isn't a thing. A nonprofit is an ineffectual vanity project. Amazon, one of the few that went the direct route, bought the for-profit Washington Post for a song, but they still get bad press, and they still sign supreme regardless of the working conditions.

Because there is too much white noise, and almost no real facts coming through.

The wolves in sheep's clothing are playing the same games as they always did, except in an Age of Propaganda, they are all cancelling each other out, and their impact these days, has been negligible to say the least...