Goldman and Greece revisited
Most journalism is a hit-and-run affair. We talk to sources, check facts, agree quotes, wrestle with editors and lawyers; the excitement builds up to the point the story appears…and then we drop the whole thing and move on. When I published my story on Goldman Sachs and Greece in July 2003, the almost-universal reaction was: EU member states were flouting the Maastricht Treaty with the help of investment banks – so what? We now know that what I uncovered eight years ago was a sign of the Eurozone’s rottenness. Over the last month, as Greece approached default, I’ve been lucky to have had a chance to revisit my story and uncover some new facts with the help of the BBC and Bloomberg. You can watch my BBC Newsnight film here;
the ten-minute film was directed by Mark Turner and the broadcast date was 20 February. My Bloomberg feature (co-authored with Elisa Martinuzzi) was published on 6 March and can be read here. It was the most-read story on Bloomberg’s website last week.