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More Fun with the Lattice of Coincidence

Two days ago I suggested that the Abramoff case might be the uber-scandal, rather like the BCCI case in the mid-1990s, tying together all the other threads of corruption and dishonesty of the last few years.

But here's another: Last night I saw that the former publisher of the Chicago Sun-times, F. David Radler, had been indicted on many counts of fraud in the Hollinger/Conrad Black case. Hollinger has owned the Sun-Times since 1994.

Who is the most prominent employee of the Chicago Sun-Times?

That would be Robert Novak.

Who were some people on the board of Hollinger Corp., suspected of abetting the fraud?

The best description of the board: "the roster of independent directors reads like the politically plugged-in guest list at an American Enterprise Institute dinner" There was Henry Kissinger, former Illinois governor James Thompson, and most notably Richard Perle. Perle was a member of the executive committee, profited handsomely himself through a Hollinger investment fund he was put in charge of, and by his own admission exercised very little oversight.

What's the relationship between Robert Novak and Richard Perle?

It's not just that both have proudly worn the nickname, "Prince of Darkness." They are bound by their stock in trade: leaking and receiving leaks of classified information. In 1975, Perle leaked classified information to Novak with the purpose of scuttling the SALT II treaty.

Who is the prosecutor who indicted the former publisher of Novak's paper?

Patrick Fitzgerald.

Posted by Mark Schmitt on August 19, 2005 | Permalink


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I have to say, however, that this reminds me of that old PBS series "Connections" with James Burke. He would always draw these weird and totally coincedential lines between things which seemed to have substance to them, but if closely examined, they were mere conincedence and meant nothing. Same here.

Posted by: Rob W | Aug 19, 2005 1:34:19 PM

"Who is the most prominent employee of the Chicago Sun-Times?"

Roger Ebert?

Posted by: Greg | Aug 20, 2005 4:49:13 PM

Mark -- I can't imagine this happens, but if anyone ever tries to tell you you're not "cool" (or insert your synonym of choice), please remember to cite this post's fantastic reference to Repo Man. For anyone who doesn't know how cool Mark is:

Miller: A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don't realize that there's this like lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. I'll Give you an example, show you what I mean. Suppose you thinking about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly somebody will say like plate or shrimp or plate of shrimp out of the blue no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.

Posted by: &y | Aug 22, 2005 5:40:08 PM

Let's hope that we live to dance on thier graves!

Posted by: Mr. Natural | Aug 26, 2005 11:45:16 PM

anybody see Aaron Broussard on Russert?

Broussard was a prophet: PLEASE go here (from June 2005) and send the link everywhere:


Broussard v. Bush

then see how hard it becomes to blame the locals and not the feds

Posted by: | Sep 4, 2005 12:48:59 PM