Why Warren Buffet Should Not Buy the Omaha World Herald

Warren Buffet is a wealthy man.  He didn’t get all that money by being dumb, and he’s done an ingenious, if completely disingenuous and shameful, thing — by purchasing his powerful hometown newspaper media empire, The Omaha World Herald.

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The Irrevocable Moral Abyss: Berkshire Hathaway and the Tastelessness of GEICO Sushi

Berkshire Hathaway is one of those massive corporate behemoths that weighs down chairs and breaks tables when it sits down to commune with others in a room.  On May 11, 2011 I wrote an article about Berskhire Hathaway losing its moral value:

Fuddy Duddyism only goes so far in the mainstream cult of personality, and Warren Buffet can no long demand that people just “trust him” on anything anymore because Sokol singlehandedly ruined that reputation and opportunity.  Buffet, now 80-years-old, is in a tough place of his own making because he made the worst sort of bet on David Sokol that is now paying him back in backlash and derision — and there is rightly no escape from that public punishment and social scorn.

Today, I’m sorry to report, Berkshire Hathaway’s GEICO Insurance company has taken a step too far into mainstream television tastelessness with a new commercial selling fear and loathing with a grim and cynical smile.

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Berkshire Hathaway Loses its Moral Value

Berkshire Hathaway has a problem.  No, it isn’t their “Official Home Page” website that looks like it was designed by a third-grader in 1991 — note the ubiquitous link to Geico insurance in the footer; and no, it isn’t the choice of using standard “visited links” color as the active “UN-visited links” color default, either — the Berkshire Hathaway problem is actually one of moral decay in the falsely avuncular personality and faked “Aw, shucks” leadership style of Warren Buffet.

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