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Every morning, we run the Narrative Machine on the past 24 hours worth of financial media to find the most on-narrative (i.e. interconnected and central) stories in financial media. It’s not a list of best articles or articles we think are most interesting … often far from it.

But for whatever reason these are articles that are representative of some sort of chord that has been struck in Narrative-world.


Tech Giants Amass a Lobbying Army for an Epic Washington Battle   [New York Times]

Catlin O’Neill, right, listening to Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testify before a House committee on the protection of user data last year. Ms. O’Neill is now director of United States public policy for Facebook after serving as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff.

Yes, you’re reading that right.

Nancy Pelosi’s former chief of staff just signed on as Facebook’s chief lobbyist.

Last month, the industry lobbying group, the Internet Association, which represents Amazon, Facebook and Google, awarded its Internet Freedom Award to Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House senior adviser.

Yes, you’re reading that right.

Big Tech just gave their highest “award” to Ivanka Trump.

The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, was paid as a contract lobbyist by Google in 2007. He is facing pressure to recuse himself if the department pursues an investigation of the company.

Yes, you’re reading that right.

The head of the DOJ’s antitrust division is a former Google lobbyist.

I’ve written this 100 times so far this year. Looks like I’ll write it 1,000 times more.

They’re. Not. Even. Pretending. Anymore.


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Simons Chase
1 year ago

Purchasing political cover is a key element of negative network effects -> Facebook’s Conduct Shows Not All Network Effects Are Positive https://www.lbs.co/blog/facebooks-conduct-shows-not-all-network-effect-are-positive

Kpaz
Kpaz
1 year ago

The swamp on digital steroids….

Tanya Weiman
Tanya Weiman
7 months ago

Even if I didn’t find this post compelling (which I do), it would get a like based on the Warren Zevon reference!

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