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Re: “VICE.com: No 'Ozark Cuisine'? Blame meth and racism

Might as well be running articles from the National Enquirer if you fail to qualify garbage from sources like Vice

VICE founder, famous for truth telling, has history of lies
Posted By Charles C. Johnson On 12:18 AM 07/03/2013 In | No Comments

Media mogul Shane Smith is often heralded for revealing unvarnished truths about the world, but the man behind the VICE empire often lies about himself and his company, sources close to Smith tell The Daily Caller.

As head of VICE, a magazine and media company he says is worth a billion dollars with hundreds of employees, Smith has become the subject of fawning profiles and interviews in the New Yorker, The Financial Times, Playboy, the New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and on Charlie Rose.

He’s even snagged his own television show on HBO, becoming the face of the network’s first foray into journalism. But a single show is not enough for Smith. “I want to build the next CNN with Vice—it’s within my grasp,” Smith told the Guardian in May.

“Who’s heard of Vice Media? Wild, interesting effort to interest millennials who don’t read or watch established media. Global success,” tweeted Rupert Murdoch after a meeting with Smith.

Murdoch’s not the only media executive to meet with Smith — representatives from Hearst, Time Warner, Bertelsmann, Condé Nast, and even Google and YouTube have all met with him. Many have partnered with Smith.

But Smith already has a well-documented reputation for stretching the truth.

“The lie that launched an empire,” reads a section title in Smith’s Globe and Mail profile, referring to his penchant for overstating VICE’s value.

“Vice was built on lies,” Wired Magazine echoed in 2007.

And sources close to Smith, including former employees and friends, tell The Daily Caller that his career has long been paved with pure untruths.

In May 2007, Smith told Patrick Sisson in a Playboy interview that he was a wartime reporter for Reuters in Bosnia.

“You wrote for Reuters in Bosnia in the 1990s,” Sisson began in the Playboy interview. “Did that experience affect how you viewed the world and the way you look at Vice?”

“Definitely,” Smith replied. “I went down to Serbia and Croatia during the war. I covered the ethnic cleansing and did a big thing on [former Yugoslavian dictator Josip Broz] Tito,” he said.

The Financial Times also credited Smith with doing some work for the Budapest Sun, in addition to Reuters.

“[Smith] moved to Hungary, freelancing for the Budapest Sun and Reuters, and carved a lucrative, yet precarious, sideline as a currency hedger,” wrote Matthew Garrahan in December 2012.

But representatives for both the Budapest Sun and Reuters told TheDC that neither company has a record of Smith ever working for them, let alone a massive story on Tito under his byline, which he would have had to write in his early twenties.

Additionally, a records search of Google, Lexis Nexis and Factiva provided no documented journalism from Smith until well past 2004.

Alex Detrick, VICE’s communications director, repeatedly confirmed that Smith had worked at Reuters and the Budapest Sun in a series of text messages, emails, and a phone call with TheDC. Detrick did not reply when asked directly why it was that Reuters and the Budapest Sun have no record of Smith’s relationship with either organization.

According to friends, Smith was actually teaching a Berlitz English course in Hungary at the time.

“He was teaching English in the mid-90′s,” childhood friend Patrick Bannister told TheDC in an interview. “I don’t think he was working for Reuters, but you’d have to check with him.”

“No way was he at Reuters,” agreed a VICE insider, “He called himself a poet or something.”

Smith did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this report.

In the Playboy interview, Smith went on to criticize the journalists he said he saw in Bosnia as a Reuters correspondent.

“When I was there, you’d see the Croatian stringers go out and get the story and tell the Americans what happened, and then they would stand in front of a burning car and say this is what is going on,” Smith said. “It was total bullshit. These huge media machines are cranking out this shit.”

That characterization belies the risk that reporters truly faced in Bosnia, according to Smith’s critics. Producer David Kaplan of ABC News, for instance, was killed by a sniper bullet while traveling in a motorcade of journalists. More than 50 journalists were killed in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 1994, according to The New York Times.

And Smith’s attacks on professional journalists — a regular occurrence — don’t always sit well with those closest to him.

“Smith’s whole thing is to criticize the work of other journalists,” says a longtime insider with VICE who declined to speak on the record. “He’s dismissive of real journalists and doesn’t understand that their methodology has a purpose of actually finding out what’s true, rather than just hyping things.”

David Carr of the New York Times publicly criticized Smith on video for that anti-journalist attitude in the 2011 documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times.” Smith, interviewed by Carr, criticized the Times for “writing about surfing” and not the human tragedy of Liberia he saw when he went there for “The Vice Guide to Liberia,” an online video.

“I’m sitting there going like, ‘You know? I’m not going to talk about surfing, I’m going to talk about cannibalism, because that f**** me up,’” Smith said.

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Posted by Herb Lair on 04/12/2014 at 4:33 AM

Re: “University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long to get $200,000 pay raise, $100,000 bonus after Texas overture

Most people get rewarded for success, not failure. He hired Petrino with baggage and all his other issues while at Atlanta,then surprise, surprise he fired him. His selection for replacement failed to take in consideration the players recruited by Petrino were designed more for a wide open offense built around skilled people at QB and receivers. Now we're going through another rebuilding that will see a decrease in attendance, if not propped up by corporate sponsors. Starting to see recruits changing commitments. Basketball is at a stage there has to be something done this year, or fans will become even more apathetic. Turnarounds shouldn't be a long process in BB. Jury is out on Long, not done enough for additional investment to keep him. I'm ready to say "so long" to Long - seems to be on the same level as another Nutt who leveraged his salary well beyond his skills.

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Posted by Herb Lair on 11/06/2013 at 4:24 PM


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