Richard Jackson’s weekly #longreads: the journalist who undid Sepp Blatter, Russia’s distortion of the news and the Clinton’s $2 billion global empire.


How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter – Michael E. Miller (The Washington Post)

Seeing the corrupt house, that Sepp Blatter has built at FIFA, collapse on his head with his resignation amid the bribery scandal, was finger licking good.

I think this article is a great insight into how investigative journalists function, how they get evidence, operate against trends, run into road blocks and work cooperatively with other organisations, as Andrew Jennings, the journalist who spent 15 years investigating FIFA and passed the information to the FBI, judged them trustworthy in this instance.


The Agency – Adrian Chen (The New York Times)

A strange story, just borderline creepy. Adrian Chen went to Russia to investigate this professional trolling empire, funded by the Russian government, where employees are paid to push out anti-American stories, distort the news cycle and paint Putin in a good light. But Putin isn’t a good guy; he’s been a very naughty boy! The story gets flipped on Chen’s head as the mechanisms turn their focus onto him to discredit his name.


The inside story of how the Clintons built a $2 billion global empire  – David Fahrenthold, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind Helderman (The Washington Post)

If you read these regularly you will know I detest the Clinton’s, so I won’t repeat myself (cough! corporate shills! splutter!). However, as much as I found Bill Clinton a cynical politician, and hate that Hilary just seems to think she deserves the presidency, I can’t fault the work that both he, and she, do with Clinton Foundation. It is a unique charity that utilises his skill set to the maximum, a behemoth that brings together billionaires, move stars and musicians, and gets them to turn out their pockets in the attempt to solve any and every problem in the world.

However, with Hilary Clinton’s announcement that she is running for Presidency, the distinction between her campaign donors/her interests and those of the big businesses involved in the Clinton Foundation, begin to blur.


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