I think it’s perfectly valid for journalists to investigate the financial dealings of corporations and billionaires who fund media outlets, whether it be those who fund or own Pando, First Look, MSNBC, Fox News, The Washington Post or any other. And it’s certainly reasonable to have concerns and objections about the funding of organizations that are devoted to regime change in other countries: I certainly have those myself. But the Omidyar Network doesn’t exactly seem ashamed of these donations, and they definitely don’t seem to be hiding them, given that they trumpeted them in their own press releases and web pages.Glenn Greenwald • Responding to allegations made by PandoDaily that Pierre Omidyar, the publisher and main backer of Greenwald’s First Look Media, helped bankroll the Ukrainian revolution we recently saw. As Greenwald notes, uh, Omidyar didn’t exactly hide it and it’s not as bad as Pando is claiming, but more importantly, it shouldn’t really matter anyway, because he still has journalistic independence. Oh yeah, he reminds us, did you know that owners of most of the major media outlets you read have owners or investors with questionable ties?
When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind, I don’t consider the bloody ROI.Apple CEO Tim Cook • In a passionate rebuttal of a question during a shareholder meeting. The question, from a representative of the conservative think tank the National Center for Public Policy Research, questioned the company’s decision to go green and asked the company, point-blank, to only do things that improved the company’s ROI. (Short version: They are conservatives, and they are trolling.) Cook went further, adding: ”If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”
I will take it away from him as a disease and give it back to him in the form of a cure. This is the greatest form of scientific breakthrough.Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, the head of Egypt’s Cancer Treatment and Screening center • Discussing the army’s invention of a device which claims to cure AIDS and Hepatitis C, by replacing the infected blood with purified blood that doesn’t have AIDS. The reaction? Short version: Nobody believes him, and there’s evidence that it’s a fake bomb detector rather than a fake cure for AIDS.