"Mmm slow cooked curmudgeonly journalism. Delicious!" pronounces freelance journalist Leigh Giangreco, after the world was introduced to the (yes, "curmudgeonly") old reporter who exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter (17,400+ shares so far). And happily for us, our new hero Andrew Jennings is just a font of peevish profundity, so here are a few of our favorites: 1) "This journalism business is easy...You just find some disgraceful, disgustingly corrupt people and you work on it;" 2) “I know that they are criminal scum...And that is a thoughtful summation. That is not an insult;" and 3) “I’m a document hound. If I’ve got your documents, I know all about you." Please be our Patronus, Mr. Jennings? "Kudos to Andrew Jennings--Remember working with him years ago on #InterNation investigation into Olympics," realizes Katina vanden Heuvel of The Nation. Dan Peltier with Skift calls it "A powerful reminder to never trust people in power and that slow, investigative journalism still matters." Ramah Nyang at CCTV Africa tweets, "*slow clap* This chap set a benchmark. A vital one."
While we're on the topic of FIFA, it's amazing how its auditor KPMG missed the scandal but somehow stays out of spotlight.
Also filed under "scandal," ProPublica sifts through how the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti and built ... six homes. Alias, "What happens when a nonprofit with no development expertise tries to spend $500 million in Haiti," explains Lois Beckett there. Also, here's the peculiar and unsettling FOIA quid pro quo faced by Vice News' Jason Leopold, "perhaps the most prolific Freedom of Information requester." Paul Koenig with The Kennebec Journal elaborates, "The Pentagon told a Vice reporter it would comply with his FOIA request if he promised to never file another again." Meanwhile, after laying off 250 tech workers, Disney hired affordable foreign replacements in their stead. "Not the happiest place on earth," quips independent journalist Marc Gunther. In Boston, two men allegedly plotted to behead a police officer. And in touching reads, Sheryl Sandberg marks the end of her sheloshim, a religious mourning period of 30 days, for her late husband Dave Goldberg.