Thursday threads to follow
"Awful Person Gets Comeuppance Awfully Fast," NYT's Dave Itzkoff suggests as an alternative headline to the one trumpeting the arrest of Martin Shkreli, the "boyish drug company entrepreneur" who recently earned infamy for jacking up the cost of a life-saving pill (at 21,400+ shares full of schadenfreude right now). According to Bloomberg's Christie Smythe and Keri Geiger, the charges against him "has nothing to do with pharmaceutical costs but suggests he was running a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme on a much smaller scale." "Shkreli securities fraud charges unrelated to despicable drug pricing outlook -- but bad morals throughout," concludes Yahoo's Nicole Sinclair. "K for Karma!" chimes in freelance journalist Bonnie Rochman. "Authorities could seize the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album bought by indicted pharma CEO Martin Shkreli for $2 million," notices Daniel Miller with the LA Times. "There is good news in the land," decides Bill Lambrecht. "I bet this guy doesn’t even really like Wu-Tang," sniffs independent journo Tim Carmody.
In other trending news among media, it's Sheldon Adelson's son-in-law who orchestrated his family's purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "When you're super rich and need a paper bulhorn. And caucuses are around the corner. This is what you do," points out Steve Chiotakis at KCRW LA. "Big kudos to Las Vegas Review-Journal staff for revealing - against management wishes - who bought their paper," adds Richard Pérez-Peña at the New York Times. Speaking of the Times, they've offered up a spell-binding investigation of Navy SEALs, a beating death and claims of a cover-up. "Spc David Walker is a hero for his service in Afghanistan, and for speaking publicly about the abuses he saw there," declares Dan Levine with Reuters. And in politics, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert reportedly is recovering from stroke.