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Microsoft CEO Apology Less Convincing When He Stands to Make $18 M/Year

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is better prepared for his apology tour than he was for his panel at the Grace Hopper conference for women in computing. He gave CNBC and USA Today the same line explaining why he encouraged women to rely on “karma” and the “have faith in the system” rather than ask for a raise. Read more…

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DC Is a Revolving Door of Money, Media, Power and Vanity: A Requiem for Democracy

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Mark Leibovich, author of THIS TOWN. (Photo: Ralph Alswang)THIS TOWN, deftly chronicled by Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times, was a book I was prepared not to like. After all, how could a long-term New York Times (and before that The Washington Post) reporter write a revealing, critical account of the beat that he still covers. From the first line, however, Leibovich captured the interrelationship of media, power, money and celebrity status that characterizes the bubble of DC. He is an author who establishes his credibility by knowing where to begin: in this case the funeral of Tim Russert, which Leibovich describes in the prologue and first chapter as something akin to the spectacle of a Papal death mass. “Tim Russert is dead. But the room was alive,” Leibovich pronounces in his first two sentences. “You can’t work it too hard at a memorial service, obviously. It’s the kind of thing people notice. But the big-ticket Washington departure rite can be such a great networking opportunity.” The importance of Russert (who died suddenly in 2008) – as a media gatekeeper to a town in which appearance on the Sunday morning talk shows enhances one’s power and one’s salary potential when leaving government – reappears throughout the book like a regal ghost, the master of ceremonies for “the bonfire of the vanities.”

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