NY Times: Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes suddenly seems really nice and down to Earth.
A reporter fell for it. We won't.
"When a felon's not engaged in his employment—Or maturing his felonious little plans, His capacity for innocent enjoyment—Is just as great as any honest man's.
When the enterprising burglar's not a-burglin’—When the cut-throat isn't occupied in crime, He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling—And listen to the merry village chime."
—W.S. Gilbert, 1879.
Yesterday, the New York Times published a lengthy article about disgraced former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes.
In case you’ve forgotten, Holmes was the founder of a startup called Theranos. She claimed that her company's technology could revolutionize the blood testing industry by performing hundreds of tests from a single drop of blood. It was all fake. Holmes was convicted of fraud and conspiracy. She’s going to prison. But not yet. First she has to drink some antioxidant smoothies and talk to a wide-eyed Times reporter.
Now, if you want the entire tale, I can’t recommend John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood highly enough. Carreyrou broke this story in his dogged reporting for the Wall Street Journal and his telling of it is nothing short of gripping. I can’t remember reading a book more quickly.
The Times piece, by contrast, is among the most credulous drivel I’ve had the misfortune of slogging through. I did, so you don’t have to.
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