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  • What Kind of Fool am I?

    03/24/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT · by OddLane · 27 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Mark Steyn
    Ever since I ended my joint representation with National Review and fired my lawyers on Boxing Day, the endlessly reprised refrain has been that "Mark Steyn has a fool for a client". As I wrote here: That's an old English joke, of course. Circa 18th century, I believe, when English life was very lightly lawyered. Whether it applies a quarter-millennium on in a sclerotic dungheap of a system that, as my old boss Conrad Black likes to point out, employs as many lawyers as the rest of the planet combined, who between them invoice ten per cent of GDP is...
  • ‘Merger of the Century,’ Combining America, Canada, Emerges as Quixotic Cause

    01/19/2014 10:15:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | January 18, 2014 | Conrad Black, Special to the Sun
    My relations with my National Post colleague Diane Francis have had their ups and downs over three decades or so. We have gotten over some rough patches, including a period of a couple of years when her chief public conversational gambit seemed to be the moral imperative that I be sent to prison. But we had put that behind us well before I was, in fact, to her apparent regret, actually sent to prison, and our relations have been fine for years. She is a very nice person and often an interesting business writer. And I have enjoyed reading her...
  • Advantage Romney: The debate demonstrated Obama’s weaknesses

    10/09/2012 10:11:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 10, 2012 | Conrad Black
    I have written in this space before that President Obama is the first incumbent since Martin Van Buren in 1840 to seek reelection without running on his record. He is also the first incumbent in my time as an observer, which goes back to the Eisenhower reelection campaign in 1956, who is practically avoiding the principal issue of the campaign. Given the parameters within which his reelection campaign has been operating, only the utter incompetence of the Republican nominee could have failed to make the first debate a challenging evening for the president. The campaign to date of the nominee,...
  • Conrad Black: Canada’s front-row seat for the American disaster

    09/23/2012 9:18:15 AM PDT · by omniscient · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 22, 2012 | Conrad Black
    Either Romney lucks through and numerate sanity starts to return to American public life, or the most self-destructively incompetent regime since James Buchanan brought on the Civil War, will come back and stoke up a truly spectacular inferno that will purify America in a mighty economic Jonestown.
  • Nixon Emerges a Victor in ‘War on History’ Waged in the Wake of Watergate

    06/20/2012 5:35:22 PM PDT · by djone · 27 replies
    N.Y. SUN ^ | 6/14/2012 | CONRAD BLACk
    "Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein now claim, in a Washington Post piece, that President Nixon was “far worse than we thought,” and accuse him of conducting five “wars”: against the anti-war movement, on the media, against the Democrats... The facts of Watergate have been wildly exaggerated. Neither in financing techniques nor in the gamesmanship with the other side was the Republican campaign of 1972 particularly unusual. And it was puritanical compared with what appears to have been the outright theft of the 1960 election for Kennedy over Nixon by Chicago’s Mayor Daley and Lyndon Johnson."
  • Conrad Black: A world of financial ruin

    05/29/2011 11:19:52 AM PDT · by DTA · 6 replies
    The National Post (Can) ^ | 2011-05-29 | Conrad Black
    The present U.S. administration, building, certainly on unpromising leavings from its predecessor, has shuffled from one delayed reaction placebo to another to anesthetize financial markets with a sequence of consciousness-lowering deferrals.
  • The Decline of Liberalism

    02/21/2011 11:59:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 2011 | Conrad Black
    AMERICAN LIBERALISM, synonymous today with big government, the exact opposite of the liberalism of Edmund Burke and other British champions of individual liberty, arose essentially from the use of the state to alleviate the most severe economic inequalities in society. In Great Britain this began in the competition between the Liberal and Conservative leaders, William Ewart Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, between 1865 and 1880, and among major European powers with the quest for an unthreatening working class with the founder and first chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck. Britain had a great battle over pensions under the chancellor...
  • FDR and the Depression: A New Round (Conrad Black Insists He DID get us out of it)

    07/30/2010 10:01:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/30/2010 | Conrad Black
    Before my spirited exchange with my esteemed friend Amity Shlaes about the New Deal reaches the point of diminishing returns, it should be possible to agree on some points that may be applicable to current economic questions. I think we agree that Obamanomics has not succeeded, beyond a tentative stabilization, easily shaken by lack of public confidence in the regime and the absence of any serious deficit-reduction plan. We seem also to agree that unfocused fiscal profligacy on the scale of the $800 billion stimulus bill has not led to significant reductions in unemployment, that more of the same will...
  • High Court Sides With Skilling, Black

    06/24/2010 8:46:34 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 16 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 6/24/2010 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court found fault Thursday with the federal government's high-profile convictions of Enron's Jeffrey Skilling and former media mogul Conrad Black, rejecting the government's use of a key white-collar crime law on which part of the prosecutions were based. Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling in April 2006. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday found fault with the federal government's convictions of Enron's Jeffrey Skilling and former media mogul Conrad Black. The justices sent the cases back to two different lower courts to determine whether portions of Messrs. Skilling and Black's convictions should be thrown out. In ruling for...
  • An Awful First Year

    01/04/2010 12:06:17 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies · 1,063+ views
    National Review ^ | January 4, 2009 | Conrad Black
    This has been an astonishing presidential year. President Obama bounded into office with a quiver full of soft-pointed arrows for every policy area. A whole year has been wasted buying, senator by senator and influential congressmen one at a time, a health-care bill that is almost certain to be hideously expensive and to lower the level of health care for millions of people. The key was to unite the payer to the consumer, so there was some incentive for reducing costs without rationing access, and reducing the attached legal costs, and the administration failed both tests. Organized labor was protected...
  • What a Dismal Decade

    12/27/2009 2:05:22 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 41 replies · 1,261+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Sunday, December 27, 2009 | Conrad Black
    As we say farewell to this rather dismal decade, which opened with Millennial celebrations of a New World Order and The End of History, and has been thoroughly disfigured by terrorism, economic stupidity, inept political leadership and untrammeled vulgarity of public tastes, I dare to hope for somewhat better things (for the world as well as my family and self).... The flip-side of this controversy is the emerging U.S. economic miracle, which at this point officially promises increased taxes, faster economic growth, 50% to 100% annual increases in money supply without inflation, for a decade of trillion dollar annual federal...
  • U.S. top court hears ex-media baron Conrad Black's appeal

    12/08/2009 2:43:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 503+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/09 | James Vicini
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for former media baron Conrad Black urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn his fraud conviction, and several justices asked whether the federal law at issue was too vague. The Canadian-born Black, a member of Britain's House of Lords, has been in prison since March 2008, when he began serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. Attorney Miguel Estrada, representing Black and two ex-colleagues who were found guilty of defrauding shareholders of one-time newspaper publishing giant Hollinger International Inc, argued before the Supreme Court that all convictions in the...
  • The Specter of Default

    11/23/2009 8:40:55 AM PST · by Petronski · 27 replies · 723+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 23 November 2009 | Conrad Black
    The final paragraph: The U.S. political process must stop its infantile wrangling and show cause for the world to believe that it will defend the financial integrity of the country, before discussion of U.S. default — which will otherwise become audible, soon — spooks the whole world.
  • A New Isolationism? A few months ago, Afghanistan was a “war of necessity.” What changed?

    11/03/2009 11:17:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,120+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 02, 2009 | Conrad Black
    November 02, 2009, 4:00 a.m. A New Isolationism?A few months ago, Afghanistan was a “war of necessity.” What changed? By Conrad Black The Obama administration’s shilly-shallying in Afghanistan is a textbook case of how not to conduct a war, and how not to lead an alliance. In the 2006 and 2008 campaigns, the Democrats demanded the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and accused the Bush administration of conducting an unnecessary war in that country while ignoring the original campaign in Afghanistan, where the 9/11 terrorist attacks were planned. As recently as two months ago, President Obama called Afghanistan a...
  • Conrad Black: Much ado about China

    08/24/2009 7:35:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 568+ views
    National Post ^ | 8/24/2009 | Conrad Black
    Overblown announcements heralding the supposed coming of the Age of China have become a staple of journalistic futurism in recent years. When Maclean's magazine banners across the top of its cover "When China Rules the World," as it did last month -- and it is not a Monty Python send-up of swarms of incomprehensible people in Mao suits -- I know it is time to raise a peep of dissent. Does any of this sound familiar? It was not even 20 years ago that the same was being said about Japan, when U. S. president George H. W. Bush went...
  • Conrad Black: McNamara’s Folly - The road to failure in Vietnam.

    07/28/2009 11:17:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 934+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 27, 2009 | Conrad Black
    July 27, 2009, 4:00 a.m. McNamara’s FollyThe road to failure in Vietnam. By Conrad Black The recent death of former U.S. defense secretary and World Bank president Robert McNamara, at 93, has raised again, in editorials and obituaries, the hoary head of the Vietnam War. Geeky in his thick, rimless glasses and slicked-back hair, expressionless, desiccated, fast-talking, and mechanically confident, McNamara was at the cutting edge of the managerial revolution—a business administrator, statistician, and efficiency expert. He was a mesmerizing figure for a time, especially after the Kennedy public-relations apparatus confected the myth of calibrated crisis management in the...
  • Conrad Black's Appeal

    05/19/2009 12:29:11 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 18 replies · 690+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 08/01/08 | Editorial Board of The New York Sun
    The appeal Conrad Black is making from his jail cell at a federal prison in Florida is nearing a crucial stage. His appeal was rejected in June by a panel of the 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, but the panel's decision conflicts with others in the circuit, and Conrad Black is asking the circuit to hear it en banc. The question centers on how broad is the reach of the law of what is called honest services. If Conrad Black's conviction is allowed to stand, a precedent will be have been set that could leave thousands of executives...
  • US Supreme Court to review Conrad Black's conviction

    05/18/2009 10:15:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 309+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/18/2009 | Alex Spillius
    The US Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider overturning the fraud conviction Conrad Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph, who is serving a 6 1/2 year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice. The court's justices will hear arguments later this year over the convictions of Black, the former chairman and chief executive of Hollinger International, and two other former executives in connection with payments of $5.5 million (£3.6m) they received from a Hollinger subsidiary. The men argued that they did not commit fraud because they did no harm to the company. They turned to the highest US...
  • Black and Radler, Victims of Fitzgeraldian Injustice – And They Should be Pardoned

    02/23/2008 5:41:09 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 11 replies · 232+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/23/08 | Yomin Postelnik
    Imagine if someone operated a business in a certain country according to the laws of its land and then decided to take their company public in another country with similar rules and regulations. In doing so, they made sure to follow all statutes and laws listed on the books, that precluded nothing about business practices that were the norm in their native land, although somewhat less common in their new one, uncommon but not illegal. Then imagine that a prosecutor with a history of seeking high profile indictments decided to charge the company owners for acting against the interest of...
  • Conrad Black Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years in Prison

    12/10/2007 11:45:40 AM PST · by Cecily · 9 replies · 119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2007
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black was sentenced Monday to 6.5 years in prison for swindling shareholders in his Hollinger International media empire out of millions of dollars. Black, 63, a Canadian-born member of the British House of Lords renowned for his lavish lifestyle and flamboyant way with words, had faced up to slightly more than 8 years in prison under sentencing guidelines determined earlier Monday by U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve.
  • Msrk Steyn: The Black Trial: The human drama the jury didn't see

    07/28/2007 5:57:47 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 7 replies · 1,317+ views
    Macleans ^ | July 30, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Just before the case went to the jury, Conrad Black's two lead attorneys sent him a demand for an additional million bucks each. No messing around with billable hours and 15-minute increments and $27.59 for photocopying: just a nice round seven-figure sum by way of supplementary retainer. A day or two before closing arguments to the 12 men and women who'll decide your fate is no time to pick a quarrel with your lawyers. Or, at any rate, yet another quarrel to add to those you're already having, and they're having with each other, and the American lawyer's associates are...
  • The Hand That Controls the Sock Puppet Could Get Slapped

    07/24/2007 3:07:01 PM PDT · by siunevada · 6 replies · 644+ views
    NYT via Techmeme ^ | July 16, 2007 | Brad Stone and Matt Richtel
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 — On the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog — or the chief executive of a Fortune 500 company. Or so thought John Mackey, the chief executive of Whole Foods Market, who used a fictional identity on the Yahoo message boards for nearly eight years to assail competition and promote his supermarket chain’s stock, according to documents released last week by the Federal Trade Commission. In one Internet posting sure to enter the annals of chief-executive vanity, Mr. Mackey wrote as Rahodeb, “I like Mackey’s haircut. I think he looks cute!” ---- Successful executives like Mr....
  • Conrad Black and the politics of justice(Fitzgerald BARF Alert!)

    07/15/2007 9:46:15 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 1 replies · 506+ views
    www.canadafreepress.com ^ | July 15, 2007 | Beryl Wajsman
    L’audace, encore l’audace et toujours l’audace~ Georges Danton “If you’re going to take liberties and break the law with other people’s money, there are going to be consequences.” That, U.S. federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald told reporters yesterday, was the message of the verdict in the Conrad Black trial. Those twenty words of Fitzgerald’s are a lie. His words stand as yet another manifestation of the mania and manipulation with which the prosecution prejudiced the judicial wells in this persecution. We got an earlier taste of it when the jury came back hung – a clear statement that the government had...
  • 'Sun-Times': Cancel That Left Turn (Chicago newspaper says "nevermind")

    07/15/2007 7:46:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 23 replies · 1,895+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | July 14, 2007 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Conrad Black, who led the thieving band of executives that put the Chicago Sun-Times pretty far down the road to ruin, had just been convicted in a Chicago federal courthouse, but Publisher John Cruickshank had something more urgent to talk about Friday afternoon in the tabloid's offices. "We're not going to start being a Democratic paper or a liberal paper or a conservative paper or an ideological paper -- we're an independent paper," he said. "We're not going to be a small L liberal paper. We're not going to bind ourselves to a party or ideology in anything." On...
  • [Conrad] Black found guilty of criminal fraud

    07/13/2007 11:25:16 AM PDT · by chaos_5 · 2 replies · 410+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 13, 2007 | Andrew Stern
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found former media mogul Conrad Black guilty of multiple counts of criminal fraud and a single count of obstruction of justice but acquitted him of racketeering and tax charges. The 62-year-old Canadian-born member of Britain's House of Lords could face up to 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines and forfeitures. Black was found guilty of three mail fraud counts and one charge of obstruction of justice out of the 13 counts against him. He and three others in the trial were acquitted of failing to file corporate tax...
  • Conrad Black found guilty on 3 charges

    07/13/2007 8:48:47 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 48 replies · 1,922+ views
    CBC (Constant Bolshevik Crap) ^ | Friday, July 13, 2007 | Staff
    Conrad Black found guilty on 3 charges CBC News Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2007 | 11:35 AM ET Businessman Conrad Black has been found guilty on two mail fraud charges and one obstruction of justice charge, a Chicago courtroom was told Friday morning. On the other changes, Black was found not guilty. The jury's verdict came after 12 days of deliberation. There is no word of verdicts in the cases of three Hollinger executives who were being tried alongside the Canadian media baron. More to come.
  • Mark Steyn: Canada Day in the Northern District of Illinois -

    07/02/2007 8:24:56 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 12 replies · 792+ views
    Macleans - Canada ^ | July 1, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    Canada Day in the Northern District of Illinois - Mark Steyn | July 1, 2007 Happy Dominion Day! In la belle province, the concept of Canada may be regarded with indifference and contempt and dismissed as a weak sickly thing, but here in Chicago Canada is the baddest-@#! mutha ever to come swaggering in town. For four months, the prosecution have regaled the jury with horror stories of the wild lawless swamplands to the north. You thought it was just one big wimp-o 24/7 Benetton ad celebrating diversity and UN peacekeeping and socialized healthcare and confiscatory taxation and all that...
  • In The Black (Conrad Black trial update)

    05/28/2007 10:19:20 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 18 replies · 673+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 27, 2007 | Janet Whitman
    So much for Conrad Black as a suit-wearing bank robber. After 10 weeks of testimony and five key witnesses, prosecutors have yet to put one victim on the stand who would tell of being defrauded by this one-time press baron. This, after the government promised the jury in its opening statement to prove Black was nothing more than a bank robber who wore a suit. Prosecutors charged that he and his three co-defendants "betrayed the trust of thousands of public shareholders." Yet the jury hasn't seen a smoking gun - no explicit evidence that Black and his work pals conspired...
  • BILL'S UGLY BUDDY: PAYMENTS FROM SCANDAL-TIED FIRM ( BILL CLINTON)

    05/24/2007 4:58:34 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 11 replies · 1,823+ views
    Dick Morris.com ^ | May 24, 2007 | DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
    Since he left office in 2001, former president Bill Clinton has been paid by InfoUSA, an Omaha, Nebraska company that has been identified as a key provider of specially designed databases that are sold to criminals who use the detailed information to defraud the unsuspecting elderly. Because Senate financial disclosure rules do not require Hillary Clinton to reveal exactly how much -- or for what -- the company has paid her husband over the past five years, we don’t know all the details. But we do know this: former presidents – especially Bill Clinton – don’t come cheap. And, just...
  • History of untruths (the 'Conrad Black' on-going legal farce)

    05/10/2007 11:16:43 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 3 replies · 530+ views
    Toronto Sun - Canada ^ | May 10, 2007 | Peter Worthington
    History of untruths By Peter Worthington Toronto Sun May 10, 2007 CHICAGO -- It was a packed and hushed courtroom at the Conrad Black trial when lawyer Eddie Greenspan started cross-examining David Radler yesterday afternoon, launching a savage attack on his truthfulness. Radler, Black's ex-friend and partner in the Hollinger empire for some 35 years, was obviously warned of Greenspan's legendary courtroom skills of taking no prisoners, and at first was chippy, argumentative, defiant and claiming he didn't understand what Greenspan was asking. Greenspan reminded him of his testimony under oath at a trial in B.C. where he swore...
  • Class war masquerading as law (George Jonas - Conrad Black Trial)

    03/31/2007 9:04:14 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 4 replies · 372+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Saturday, March 31, 2007 | George Jonas
    Class war masquerading as law George Jonas, National Post Published: Saturday, March 31, 2007 The idea that I'd ever agree with Naomi Klein about anything would have struck me as bizarre until a few days ago. Then I saw an observation she made in The Guardian. "There is no doubt," the poster girl of Canada's left wrote about the trial of Conrad Black and three codefendants in Chicago, "that what is going on in that courtroom looks less like a fraud trial than class war." Indeed. Now Ms. Klein may regard this as a good thing. I regard it...
  • The day Conrad Black became a social leper

    11/11/2006 11:49:25 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 485+ views
    Times Online (UK) (excerpt) ^ | November 12, 2006 | Tom Bower
    Excerpt - In late November 2003, Conrad Black was under siege by Richard Breeden, a former chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) who had been conducting an independent inquiry into Hollinger International, his company. On Saturday, November 23, Hollinger?s new board was united in a telephone conference to discuss Black?s offer to repay $7.2m (?3.8m) to the company and resign as chairman. Black and his wife, Barbara Amiel, were in his Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan. Some words of regret about the circumstances were being uttered when Amiel interrupted. ?Conrad won?t be bound by a kangaroo court,?...
  • Conrad Black, 3 Others Indicted-(always get misty eye watching shareholders being robbed)

    11/18/2005 5:02:16 AM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 372+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 18, 2005 | Frank Ahrens and Peter Slevin
    CHICAGO, Nov. 17 -- Disgraced international press tycoon Conrad M. Black, who stepped down as head of his media empire in 2004 after he and other executives were accused of looting the company, was indicted Thursday on eight counts of wire and mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said Black -- who renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 to accept a British lordship -- "lived large" off of company shareholders, helping to steal $51.8 million from Hollinger International Inc., which owns the Chicago Sun-Times and once owned the Jerusalem Post, London's Daily Telegraph and hundreds of smaller newspapers in...
  • Ex-Hollinger executives indicted (Fraud in Chicago-- Fitzgerald says NO again)

    08/19/2005 6:48:13 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 2 replies · 443+ views
    Reuters/CNN ^ | 8-19-05
    Two former executives and a holding company in the toppled media empire of Conrad Black were charged with fraud for diverting $32 million in fees generated by newspaper sales, prosecutors said on Thursday. David Radler, who was president and chief operating officer of Hollinger International Inc., Hollinger's in-house lawyer Mark Kipnis, and Ravelston Corp. Ltd., Black's insolvent Toronto-based holding company, were charged in a seven-count indictment alleging fraud. In the latest blow to Black's unraveling empire, prosecutors alleged that when newspapers were sold the defendants pocketed payments disguised as non-compete fees. Such agreements prohibit the seller from opening a rival...
  • Ex-Sun-Times boss charged with fraud

    08/19/2005 1:54:33 AM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies · 702+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | August 18, 2005 | MAURA KELLY LANNAN
    Former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler, a lawyer for the newspaper's parent company and a media holding company that was controlled until recently by Conrad Black were indicted on federal fraud charges Thursday for allegedly diverting $32 million through a series of bogus deals. The indictment alleged the three diverted the money through a series of secret deals by disguising it as noncompete fees connected to the sale of newspaper publishing groups. Radler, Mark S. Kipnis, the former top in-house lawyer for Chicago-based Hollinger International, and Toronto-based Ravelston Corp., a private company owned until this spring by Black, were accused...
  • Mark Steyn: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black. Conrad, Hollinger, and newspapers

    12/10/2004 7:25:56 AM PST · by Tolik · 29 replies · 1,508+ views
    NRO ^ | December 10, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    Every other day or so, I get an e-mail along the lines of, "Gone pretty quiet on your old buddy Conrad, haven't you, Steyn? I guess now he's no longer worth kissing up to, you've dropped him like everybody else..." Not at all. I did my stirring defense of Conrad and Barbara Black back at the beginning of the year, and all that's changed in the intervening months is that I'm more convinced than ever that 99 percent of the various "charges" against them are a lot of hooey. Of course, I'm a lazy hack and the fine print...
  • Sun-Times (Chicago) says it's time to shift command to Kerry

    10/23/2004 5:19:03 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 36 replies · 988+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | October 23, 2004 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) Though President Bush initially faced the war on terrorism head-on, he has lead the country on a course that ``feels wrong,'' and Sen. John Kerry's leadership could give the United States a fresh start, the Chicago Sun-Times said in its Sunday editions. The newspaper endorsed Kerry and applauded his leadership style, saying he is not a weakling and his moderate views would close the rifts Bush has intensified. (My note: LIES, LIES and LIES) ``The course America is on today feels wrong our attempts to defend ourselves have somehow drawn the contempt of the world, and we think...
  • Flunking the FDR Test

    10/21/2004 11:15:58 AM PDT · by OESY · 13 replies · 673+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 21, 2004 | ERIC FETTMANN
    ...In Iraq, John Kerry — who used to say that Saddam Hussein posed a genuine threat to America because he surely possessed weapons of mass destruction — would have imposed a "global test" before committing forces to protect U.S. security... [H]e would not be prepared to act until nations like France and Germany gave the go-ahead. Indeed, he stresses the infinite value of conversation — calling for "a summit of all our allies," much as he once begged the first President Bush to send someone to Baghdad in the firm belief that Saddam Hussein could be talked out of Kuwait....
  • The looting of the Sun-Times

    09/01/2004 8:32:33 PM PDT · by endthematrix · 15 replies · 632+ views
    Sun-Times ^ | Sept 1, 2004 | Eric Herman
    Through schemes large and small, top executives fleeced the company that owns the Chicago Sun-Times, pocketing more than $400 million, or 95 percent of the profits over seven years, according to a report made public Tuesday. The company, Hollinger International, sits at the center of a heated battle between controlling shareholder Conrad Black and the board of directors -- in particular, a "special committee" of directors investigating Black. The 513-page report, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Monday, represents the findings of an adviser hired by the committee to probe Black's dealings. The adviser, former U.S. Securities and...
  • 'Corporate Kleptocracy' at Hollinger (publishes The Jerusalem Post,Chicago Sun-Times.. )

    08/31/2004 11:05:02 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies · 360+ views
    CFO.com ^ | 09.01.04 | Ed Zwirn
    The company (NYSE: HLR) allegedly paid for personal perks that included corporate jets, a $42,000 birthday party, and the refurbishment of a Rolls Royce. Conrad (Lord) Black, Hollinger International’s former chief executive officer, David Radler, its former chief operating officer, and other controlling shareholders and associates constituted a “corporate kleptocracy” which systematically looted the company of more than $400 million, according to a report issued Tuesday. The 513-page report, filed in a Chicago court by a special committee of Hollinger’s board that is probing financial improprieties at the company, alleges that the group stole what amounted to 95.2 percent of...
  • BLACK'S FREEBIES

    05/11/2004 3:35:12 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies · 244+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | May 11, 2004 | TIM ARANGO
    <p>LIVING LARGE: Former Hollinger chief Conrad Black and his wife Barbara Amiel Black supported lavish lifestyles on the company's tab.</p> <p>Conrad Black's looting of his newspaper empire ran so deep that his wife even charged the company for tips to the doorman at Bergdorf Goodman, according to explosive new allegations made public yesterday.</p>
  • Telegraph could back Labour, says Barclay

    01/20/2004 6:57:23 AM PST · by tjwmason · 3 replies · 255+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 20 January, 2004 | David Leigh
    One of the proprietors-designate of the Daily Telegraph said yesterday that the newspaper could shift its political allegiance and no longer be the house organ of the Conservative party. David Barclay, one of the Barclay twins who have concluded a dramatic purchase of the controlling shares in the paper, said yesterday that the venerable rightwing publication would no longer automatically support Michael Howard and his team.
  • Hollinger Removes Conrad Black and Sues Him

    01/17/2004 9:17:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 210+ views
    Reuters | January 17, 2004 | Martha Graybow
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Newspaper publisher Hollinger International Inc. said late on Saturday it was ousting media tycoon Conrad Black as its chairman and suing him and one of his top deputies for more than $200 million. The lawsuit filed by a special committee of the company's independent board members charged that Black and Hollinger Inc. -- a Toronto-based holding company through which he controls Hollinger International -- together with former president and chief operating officer David Radler, collected unjustified and excessive management fees and altered company books and records to conceal their actions. Hollinger International, which owns the...
  • BLACK MONEY PROBE GROWS (Hollinger alert)

    01/16/2004 9:06:18 AM PST · by Liz · 218+ views
    NY POST ^ | January 16, 2004 | TIM ARANGO
    <p>A committee investigating alleged financial wrongdoing by newspaper baron Conrad Black has been unable to account for dividend payments from a newspaper in the Cayman Islands to a Toronto-based holding company controlled by Black, The Post has learned.</p> <p>The development suggests the probe is extending beyond financial deals between Black and Hollinger International — the company that operates Black's newspapers — to detail a pattern of alleged financial misdeeds by Black, sources say.</p>
  • EVEN WITH EXTENSION, CONRAD STILL A DEADBEAT

    01/15/2004 4:08:56 AM PST · by Liz · 2 replies · 235+ views
    NY POST ^ | January 15, 2004 | TIM ARANGO
    <p>Conrad Black has no intention of making good on his pledge to begin paying back millions in fees to Hollinger International, The Post has learned.</p> <p>Black, the ousted head of newspaper giant Hollinger, has indicated to the company that he will not make a payment of $850,000 that is due Jan. 19, according to sources familiar with the matter.</p>
  • $3M in bonuses wired to Black; Canadian bank in complex transaction;Hollinger executives rewarded

    01/12/2004 10:20:24 AM PST · by Liz · 8 replies · 260+ views
    NEW YORK TIMES ^ | Jan. 12, 2004 | GERALDINE FABRIKANT
    A unit of Hollinger International made bonus payments totalling $3 million (U.S.) in December, 2000, to Conrad M. Black, Hollinger's chairman and now former chief executive officer, and two of its other top executives, wiring the money to the Caribbean unit of a Canadian bank. The complex transaction, recorded in documents described by people close to the company, sheds light on at least one way Hollinger paid Black, through a transfer that also could have reduced taxes on his compensation. Other recent payments by the company to Black and other top executives were also made through wire transfers to the...
  • CONRAD BLACK Damned with faint praise? Hubris candidate of the year?

    12/30/2003 7:06:11 AM PST · by Liz · 3 replies · 272+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | Sunday, December 28, 2003 | GARY NORRIS
    Dark times surround Conrad Black, business newsmaker of the year TORONTO (CP) - His biggest news may still lie ahead of him, but Conrad Black has been anointed by newspaper and broadcast editors as the first notable to be named The Canadian Press business newsmaker of the year. Unfortunately for the hard-pressed media magnate who for a time dealt with Canadian newspapers like Monopoly-game properties, the honour carries no cash - and no "get out of jail free" card. Black, 59, dominated voting for business newsmaker of 2003 in a survey of newspaper editors and broadcasters by CP and Broadcast...
  • FBI, U.S. ATTORNEY TARGET HOLLINGER (criminal probe takes scandal in new direction)

    12/17/2003 7:34:45 AM PST · by Liz · 4 replies · 228+ views
    NY POST ^ | Dec 17, 2003 | TIM ARANGO and JOHN LEHMANN
    <p>The FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago have launched an investigation into alleged financial shenanigans at ousted newspaper baron Conrad Black's Hollinger International, sources told The Post.</p> <p>The criminal probe takes the scandal in a new direction and raises the possibility that Black and his cohorts could eventually face criminal charges for their role in Hollinger's ongoing financial scandal.</p>
  • Press pile-on in Black board ado

    12/04/2003 11:17:20 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 165+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, December 5, 2003 | By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
    <p>By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.</p> <p>"Hit 'em when they're down," is our motto. "Pile on," is our hearty exhortation. Who are we? We are the noble souls of the press. We are the self-described heroes, who write "history's first draft" as daily journalism is called. Yes, perhaps old Henry Ford had something when he described history as "bunk."</p>
  • Fayed set to bid for Telegraph

    11/29/2003 6:42:46 PM PST · by aculeus · 16 replies · 246+ views
    The Observer (UK) ^ | November 30, 2003 | James Robinson, media business correspondent
    Harrods owner Mohammed Fayed is preparing a bid for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers. He is assembling a team of senior newspaper executives to work on an offer. Fayed is believed to have contacted Lazards, the investment bank hired by Hollinger International - the Telegraphs' parent company - which is carrying out a strategic review that is likely to lead to a sale. Fayed has also met Richard Desmond, owner of Express Newspapers and one of the favourites to buy the Telegraphs should they be put up for sale. Desmond and Hollinger each own half of the West Ferry...