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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres






"The last time George Tenet was asked about torture on television, he sounded defiant and jabbed his finger in the air. The year was 2007, and Mr. Tenet, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was promoting his memoir when a question about waterboarding came up while he was being interviewed on CBS’ '60 Minutes.' 'You know, the image that’s been portrayed is we sat around the campfire and said, ‘Oh boy, now we go get to torture people,’' Mr. Tenet said, growing angry as the newsman Scott Pelley challenged him on how the agency interrogated terrorism suspects. 'We don’t torture people. Let me say that again to you, we don’t torture people. O.K.?' This week the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a long-awaited report detailing the gruesome interrogation techniques employed by the C.I.A. on Mr. Tenet’s watch as well as the false claims the agency made about their effectiveness. But Mr. Tenet, now a managing director of a secretive New York investment bank, has been nowhere in public view, leaving it to one of his successors — Michael V. Hayden, who was much less involved with the brutal interrogation program — to serve as the C.I.A.’s most vocal defender. While Mr. Hayden has been all over television this week, Mr. Tenet has responded only in writing. But they are working in concert; their disparate approaches are part of an orchestrated campaign by the two former directors — and a third, Porter J. Goss — to defend the agency they all worked for by attacking the report’s credibility." (NYT)


The only thing privileged kids learn is club music


"Some of the world’s most privileged children — with the opportunity to do anything in life — are ending up as DJs. Besides Paris Hilton, and the sons of Valentino exec Carlos Souza, there is Alexandre Arnault, the son of LVMH chairman/CEO Bernard Arnault, the 16th-richest man in the world with $32 billion. Karl Lagerfeld has said he loves going to th VIP Room in St-Tropez 'especially when Double A (Alexandre Arnault) is DJ!' But not everyone applauds the career choice. One fashionista lamented, 'They are given the best education, raised in proper households with nannies and staff, and all they come out with is that they know club music.'" (P6)

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