We have already noted our amusement at Sorkin's inaccurate and dictated defense of Goldman's housing short position previously (apparently the DCF expert has absolutely no understanding of such concepts as DV01, delta, gamma, capital structure priority, gross vs net notional, and exposes so many other misconceptions that we will simply wait for the official Goldman 8K to come out, as opposed to this unofficial one, before issuing out full debunking of any Goldman defense). One thing we did not note, however, that needs disclosure, is the glaring conflict of interest in ARS' puff piece. As Taibbi pointed out, it is none other than Goldman who is a critical backer of Sorkin's Dealbook. To wit: "Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, Sotheby’s and Tata Consultancy Services
are charter advertisers for the relaunch of DealBook." Indeed, it is perhaps time to have a disclaimer at the end of every article that there is substantial squid pro quo involved in namesdropping-for-brownnosing modus operandi. But even that is nothing compared to the latest attempt to glorify those who perform god's work on earth. Below is a snapshot of FierceFinance's spirited defense of Goldman Sachs. The author mocks the concept of Sorkin as an apologist for those who enjoy seeing their name in a good light in the NYT and on HBO: "Sorkin might be accused of trying to bolster his base with his report--Wikipedia describe him as "an apologist for Wall Street/Goldman Sachs." I kid you not. But Sorkin makes a lot of sense when discussing how one unit in a very large company may be hell-bent on shorting the market even as another unit in the same company may be stuck with certain securities." It is not the ongoing misunderstanding of previously noted concepts, but the actual advertisement as part of the piece. Once again, we see that only those who directly get funding from Goldman Sachs would be willing to destroy their credibility by coming to its defense.
The screen capture explains it all:
h/t Cate Long