When I read this piece this morning, I laughed out loud and was going to blog about it, but the Steelers have sapped my will to live and I didn’t get around to it. It is, however, most excellent:
As Egyptians turned their anger on symbols of the state late last month, torching police stations along with the headquarters of President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party, they reserved a special hatred for a garish building with black tinted windows in an upscale neighborhood, setting fire to it three times.
It belongs to a steel tycoon and ruling party insider named Ahmed Ezz, a close friend and confidante of Mr. Mubarak’s son Gamal. For many years, Mr. Ezz has represented the intersection of money, politics and power, controlling two-thirds of the steel market, leading the budget committee as a member of Parliament and serving as an officer and loyal lieutenant in the governing party. Public resentment at the wealth acquired by the politically powerful helped propel the uprising already reshaping the contours of power along the Nile.
Mr. Ezz’s world has come undone. He is treated as a liability by an old guard intent on saving itself from fed-up and furious protesters. He is under investigation on suspicion of corruption. His assets have been frozen and his right to travel taken away. He has denied accusations of corruption in the past, and his location was not known Sunday. Now his name is part of the derisive chants in Tahrir Square, a symbol of all that was wrong with Mr. Mubarak’s government.
Oh NOES! A corrupt tycoon whose actions leaves millions in poverty has had his world come undone! Tell me this doesn’t remind you of some other choice nuggets of journalism from the Times, say the puff pieces about the poor rich folks who had to hide their conspicuous consumption, or the poor Wall Street traders who had their salaries tripled but are bummed there are no bonuses this year.
Fortunately for you, Glenn gives this story the attention it deserves.
Our liberal media.