News reporters are a funny breed. Some take their journalistic oath to heart, and search for the truth in every article. Some, conversly, take it upon their narrow shoulders to use their talents to search for the best way to distort the truth in an effort to increase circulation.
I had always assumed that what I seen, read, and heard was merely a fraction of light in the wide spectrum of truth. Truth comes in all colors. We all perceive it differently, and, for the most part, truth is up for subjective interpretation. In saying that, I had the opportunity to see the light of truth blanketed out by the shadow of a personal agenda. Allow me to explain.
My friend, no, not me, was working for a very successful venture capitalist for several years. Learning the "ins" and "outs" of this profitable business from one of its chosen sons. My friend, lets name him "X", was doing very well financially, but was very aware of the inherient nature of this business. In other words, you get in, make money, and you move on. Anyone dumb enough to actually stick around, and build a business, was stuck with the liabilities and enormous risk. "X" knew better, and was already on his way to carving out quite a stake for himself, and an even larger stake for his boss. But such success does not go unnoticed, especially when there is a rumored undertone of illegal activites. Here is where the fun begins.
"X" was contacted one day, by a reporter from a mid sized newspaper, and asked if he would like to comment on his business. "X" agreed figuring this press would be good for the business. This, as you will come to read, was a mistake.
Our reporter friend had other intentions. He began to interview "X" in a normal fashion, but quickly turned his line of questions to "X"'s boss. Now, fully aware that his boss had a somewhat shady past when it came to the NY Stock Exchange, but never had been charged or convicted of anything, "X" did his best to steer clear of this prodding but was met with more accusation and inuendo.
Needless to say, the interview, or should I call it attack, was abruptly ended. "X" was pissed, and decided to contact the paper to voice his complaints about the back handed nature of this reporter. The paper replied with apologies, and a promise to look into the matter. "X" also informed his boss of the reporter. His boss was very interested in where such interest suddenly sprung forth from, and decided to call around. After some investigation, it came to light that a long time rival of "X"'s boss was on the warpath to take him down. This advesary decided to inform the paper of some activities that "may, or may not, be taking place" (exact words) at "X"'s workplace. The only thing "X", and his boss, could do now was wait and see.