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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The dodgy guys in the pack

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a wonderful documentary. Screening at this year's Sydney Film Festival (and receiving a wider release in the coming months), the film tells the sordid tale of greed gone horribly wrong, the distorted American dream and the relationship between former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay and the Bush family.

Enron's history is dissected as are the ways in which this once grand American energy company never understood the lessons of restraint. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says: "Alex Gibney's riveting documentary is a rape story, with the public trust as the victim."

Welcome to corporate America without brakes or morality.


Anonymous shabadoo! said...

Slightly off-topic, but speaking of dodgy guys (and since you're such a fan of the -- yawn -- Downing Street Memo), are we going to hear anything about the latest memos unearthed in the UN oil-for-food scandal?

Does the sort of reporting that dug this out count as brave investigative journalism telling the truth about powerful institutions, or not?

Thursday, June 16, 2005 9:53:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It's certainly an issue, yes. Much more info is needed and let's not forget that much of the campaign against the UN/Annan is being driven by Republicans who hate the idea of a multilateral body.
Oil for food is a scandal, but often forgotten in much of the bluster is the fact that US was intimately involved in the scandal. As were many European countries.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:11:00 am  

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