If there’s something strange, in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? If it smells fishy, don’t bother to call Ghostbusters, because it’s likely there’s a gifted journalist involved in some time-honored stonewalling.
What would you do if one of your employees had some juicy dirt on you and wanted a raise?
It depends upon how juicy the dirt is, but a raise would seem to be in order. If the requests for continual raises got out of line, then concrete boots might be more in order.
Nearly a year ago, Bloomberg reported that China had penetrated the U.S. high-tech infrastructure via a hardware hack affecting some brand-name companies including Apple and Amazon Web Services, as well as prominent server-maker Supermicro.
That was called the Big Hack and everyone associated with the story except Bloomberg and the author denied it, and nobody offered any proof it happened.
Everybody denied it, nobody had proof.
The “Big Hack,” however, sustained denials from the companies themselves, top government officials and cybersecurity experts. Apple chief executive Tim Cook called for a retraction.
We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.
What else could they say? Truth and facts would be nice.
In a memo to staff on Monday, Bloomberg News Editor in Chief John Micklethwait announced that Michael Riley — the second co-byline on “The Big Hack” along with Jordan Robertson — would be taking on the expanded role of cybersecurity czar at the news outlet.
Well, there you go. The ‘Big Hack’ must be true if Bloomberg promoted one of the guys who wrote the story.
That got me to thinking. What if Riley had some dirt on his boss? Or, what if he knew the real truth behind the story– and it was so bad that Bloomberg would crumble into a business version of Fox News– and was willing to go public?
Unless he got promoted and got a big raise.
He got promoted and it’s likely he got a big raise, so you get to draw your own conclusions. I did. And I deleted the Bloomberg app on my iPhone. News these days seems to be more in tune with fiction than fact.