It was undeniably thrilling to look at William Shatner blast off into area.
It was an excellent bit of selling by Jeff Bezos to have Captain Kirk himself on board for yesterday’s second and extremely profitable Blue Origin spaceflight. The media had been riveted by the 90-year-old former Star Trek commander, who’s in superb form, speaking in regards to the enormity of the leaving the skinny blue ambiance for the deathly blackness of area. When he put his arms on Bezos’ shoulders, hugged and thanked him for “essentially the most profound expertise I can think about,” it was a triumph for the Amazon founder–who gave everybody a champagne shower–and his rocket firm.
And the outfit narrates and produces it, with its debriefing of the astronauts within the West Texas desert, in a approach that Richard Branson, who beat Bezos to area, didn’t.
However there’s one other Blue Origin story this week—one which’s mainly acquired no protection on tv.
It’s about one official who resigned, writing an extended memo to Bezos: “Our present tradition is poisonous to our success.”
It’s a few company tradition that has “develop into dysfunctional, leading to low morale and excessive turnover, vital delays throughout a number of main applications.”
It’s about an “authoritarian bro tradition,” as one ex-employee put it, resulting in “condescending, typically humiliating, feedback and harassment towards some ladies.”
And essentially the most outstanding sentence in the story:
Yep, this fiercely damaging investigative report was printed by Jeff Bezos’ personal newspaper.
It speaks volumes in regards to the Put up’s method to journalism that it’s prepared to tackle the boss so dramatically. And I have to admit it says one thing about Bezos’ hands-off method to the paper he purchased from the Graham household eight years in the past that there was no interference.
The indictment, primarily based on greater than 20 interviews, is fairly searing. One insider is quoted as saying: “The C-suite is out of contact with the rank-and-file fairly severely. It’s very dysfunctional. It’s condescending. It’s demoralizing, and what occurs is we will’t make progress and find yourself with large delays.”
Dan Abrams, on his NewsNation present, supplied theories on why journalists are really easy on one of many world’s richest males:
“He’s certainly one of them — us proudly owning a beloved media property, he’s progressive, and — this one’s just a little conspiratorial — however he’s super-wealthy and might personally drive large advert buys.”
Blue Origin stated in an announcement that the corporate takes “all claims significantly and we’ve got no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any sort. The place we substantiate allegations of misconduct below our anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation coverage we take the suitable motion — as much as and together with termination of employment.”
Bezos, curiously sufficient, wouldn’t remark to his personal paper. Maybe he was too busy hanging out with Shatner.
In the meantime, I’m a bit surprised that just a few conservative commentators are defending Jon Gruden, who resigned because the Las Vegas Raiders coach after the New York Occasions disclosed a few of his horribly offensive emails.
In any case, this high-level NFL govt and former ESPN analyst as soon as known as Commissioner Roger Goodell a “f—-t” and a “clueless anti soccer p—y,” and stated that Goodell shouldn’t have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “q—rs.” And he traded footage of topless cheerleaders.
For individuals who say oh, these are previous emails, Gruden wrote them between the ages of 47 and 54, some as just lately as 2017. As for the argument that a few of these slurs was frequent, haven’t all adults needed to be taught they’re unacceptable?
As Put up sportswriter Sally Jenkins says, “There’s a sense that Gruden was not simply talking for himself in these emails however that he’s a consultant NFL man in his blithe bigotry, that he’s very a lot the soccer institution in his discuss of ‘queers’ and fat-lipped Black males.. And it’s going to be a problem for everybody in and across the league who wish to separate themselves.”
However right here’s the factor: Gruden, who has apologized, despatched these missives to the previous president of the Washington Soccer Workforce, amongst others. A lot of folks within the league should have recognized about them however nobody turned him in. Which is why the Nationwide Soccer League has a really huge downside.