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“This is an assertion that there was Jimmy-ing with the numbers, that there was corruption here, an infiltration or getting to — it’s not funny, Jack,” Matthews said. “You’re talking about the president of the United States playing with the Bureau of Labor Statistics number. This is Nixon stuff. This is what Nixon did back in the old days.”
“Chris, don’t lose it now,” Welch said.
“I’m not losing it. Look at my face. I’m not losing it.”
“I can’t see your face,” Welch said.
“Do you want to take back the charge that there was corruption here?” Matthews asked.
“No, I don’t want to take back one word in that tweet,” Welch said.
–Chris Matthews and Jack Welch on MSNBC, in Kevin Cirilli and Hadas Gold, Welch: ‘I Should Have Put a Question Mark‘ on Tweet, Politico, October 5, 2012.
The most difficult problem with England is that the judges, unfortunately, are insanely generous to people that we would consider scoundrels. I’m not kidding. It’s shameless. We’ve been threatened by people who are notorious — Russian mobsters, Arab oil sheiks with ties to terrorist funding — who can still bring claims in England. If you have enough money in England, just go to down to Savile Row and get the right suit and the right lawyer and it’s just remarkable.
–Charles J. Glasser, Lawsuits From Everywhere, Q&A: How to Deal With Libel in an Age of Global Media, mediabistro.com, April 10, 2006.
Jack Welch is a hero of mine. So too, is Charles Glasser.
The above, from Bloomberg News’s resident pit-bull terrier, is classic Glasser. That’s his day job as evidenced by International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, Second Edition (Paperback). (Weighing in at 432 pages, it is a proven alternative to Ambien.)
Glasser’s other duties include being of no use to me 364 days of the year. And then, there is that one other day.
Charles is adept at grabbing me by the left earlobe and gently saying, “sit down, shut up and listen.”
Glasser is also very good at developing and defining the need for “question marks.”
I cannot calculate the number of times Attorney Glasser has saved me from digital idiocy. (As one small example, his lecture, and I mean lecture, on how the Media should and must handle impending corporate bankruptcy still rings in my ears.)
Each and every moment of my digital life is knowing that one dumb “tweet” could destroy me.
Charles Glasser whispers to me 24/7.
There is no way to appreciate how far out front Jack Welch was on the need for new business methods. He was decades early in getting American business ready for globalism. He single-handedly made this nation focus on process-excellence by looking six standard-deviations to the left.
None of that matters at this moment. I was deeply saddened by the tragic theater of Friday. One of my heroes went down in flames. Chris Matthews asked the right questions.
I have only one question: Where was Jack Welch’s Charles Glasser? Discuss.