TREAT THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AS A CRIME STORY
By Danny Schechter
Director, Plunder The Crime Of Our Time
The case has not even been heard in Court and the company denies all the allegations. Almost every business publication has carried commentaries by insiders who say the government may have a hard time prevailing, and dismissing all the sturm and drang.
And yet the public seems to be delighted if not outraged by the SEC's charges against Goldman Sachs, the opulent investment bank that many Americans see as the poster child of those causing the financial crisis. Even in the world of business where dislike of government crackdowns are dominant a new poll shows that a majority believe Goldman is getting what it deserves
Argyle Executive Forum conducted the survey electronically among its senior corporate leadership community.
The precise wording of the survey question was: "As Goldman Sachs Group is currently at the center of a legal maelstromtriggered by the SEC's fraud charge last week, we want to ask you how you currently feel about the charges. Please select one of the below:"
" I feel the firm is innocent
" I feel the firm is guilty
" I am currently unsure
55.2% of business leaders feel Goldman Sachs is guilty
20.7% of business leaders feel Goldman Sachs is innocent, and
24.1% of business leaders are currently unsure"