Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Shkreli was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Convicted Felon Martin Shkreli Finds Another Way to Be a Jerk


Convicted felon and alleged human being Martin Shkreli is back in the news. Shkreli earned national infamy for drug profiteering. As CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he acquired an anti-parasite medication called Daraprim and immediately increased the price from roughly $13.50 to $750. Daraprim treats toxoplasmosis, which kills people with weakened immune systems. Like people with AIDS or…

Sarah Palin in 2016. In a lawsuit, she contends that The New York Times improperly linked her to a 2011 mass shooting. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Doh! The Quitter Loses Again


You can usually tell when a would-be politician is descending into complete obscurity and irrelevancy. They start filing defamation lawsuits. The Quitter, Alaska’s infamous half-term governor, McCain’s mistake, she of the salad shooter grammar and fake accent, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times. It’s a classic illustration of a politician’s descent. Although you…

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ExxonMobil, Truth and Corporate Responsibility


WC has written before about ExxonMobil’s detestable two-faced conduct.1 On the one hand, its own scientists established the scientific certainty of anthropogenic climate change (AGW); on the other, it bought “advertorials” – advertisements disguised as opinion pieces – in the New York Times and other national newspapers, disputing and denying the reality its own scientists had…