I was not particularly surprised when I received an email last night from a reporter at the New York Daily News informing me that he had been "reviewing some old lawsuits" in which I was involved – "old" as in: more than a decade ago – and that "the paper wants to do a story on this for tomorrow". He asked that I call him right away to discuss this, apologizing for the very small window he gave me to comment.
Upon calling him, I learned that he had somehow discovered two events from my past. The first was my 2002-04 participation in a multi-member LLC that had an interest in numerous businesses, including the distribution of adult videos. I was bought out of that company by my partners roughly nine years ago.I've always loved the movie Enemy of the State, in my opinion maybe the best action movie ever made, and there's a great rant from Jon Voight's character in that film that perfectly encapsulates the logic of character assassination that is so obviously the object of these stories.
The background to the scene (in vague terms, in case you haven't seen the movie) is that Robert Dean (played by Will Smith) might have a videotape with incriminating information on it. A small group inside the NSA discusses what they should do if Dean goes to the press:
Anyway, it's an excellent movie, and well worth renting if you haven't seen it.