Pinch's den of thieves

Would the New York Times take as a partner a man it virtually labeled a thief? Apparently so.

The website Reflections of a Newsosaur discovered that Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire reported to be in talks to invest in NY Times preferred stock to rescue the company, was castigated in a 2007 Times op-ed:

...the momentous scale is not the most galling aspect of Mr. Slim's riches. There's the issue of theft.

Like many a robber baron - or Russian oligarch, or Enron executive - Mr. Slim calls to mind the words of Honoré de Balzac: "Behind every great fortune there is a crime." Mr. Slim's sin, if not technically criminal, is like that of Rockefeller, the sin of the monopolist.

Pinch Sulzberger has run his family's patrimony into the ground, and now he turns to a man his paper labeled a thief. His ancestors must be rolling in their graves.
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