Saturday, March 28, 2020

Of course Texas Monthly shills for Fertitta....

"For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."
Galatians 6:8

Yesterday, we observed that Houston Rockets owner (and alleged rape enabler) Tilmann Fertitta was taking it on the chin during the current economic downturn.  This was in addition to Fertitta's well documented bootlicking on behalf of the Chinese government last fall.  At a minimum, this would seem to be poetic justice (esp. considering the China angle).

But you'll never guess who sees things differently (ok, you'll totally guess):

The article is little more than a Fertitta press release.  "Matter of survival", etc.  Softball stuff.

The tell is this line: "I haven’t had one negative comment to me." Really?!? Cuz' that means one of two things.  Either Fertitta is a) such a dictator that his employees don't feel comfortable being honest with him or b) a liar.  Neither is good.  That Texas Monthly failed to ask any follow up questions tells you what you need to know.  None of it good.

To be fair, the current climate is obviously very challenging.  And the time might very well come when Fertitta has to make difficult decisions.  But this isn't about Tilmann Fertitta's business decisions (at least, not really).  This is about Texas Monthly acting like glorified stenographers for Tilmann Fertitta.

Of course, considering that Texas Monthly has been euphemistically dancing around Fertitta's descent from organized crime since at least 1997, this isn't surprising.

One more point of cynical speculation: Considering that they're in perennial financial trouble...might that be another reason why they're sucking up to a local rich dude?!?

Couldn't be.

Bottom Line: This remains a free country (for now).  Tilmann Fertitta can certainly run his businesses however Tilman Fertitta sees fit.  Whatever.  For Texas Monthly to engage this sort of psuedo-journalistic knob slobbering, however, is distasteful at best.

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