Media Omission: Lehman CEO Contributed Heavily to Democrats
Journalists are trained to â€śfollow the moneyâ€ť â€“ to uncover who donates how much to what campaign, especially in the midst of a presidential election.
When Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld testified before the House Oversight Committee Oct. 6, the media criticized his wealth and spending amidst financial turmoil in his company and on Wall Street. But conspicuously missing was the story of Fuldâ€™s political contributions.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Fuld has donated to Democratic candidates over Republican candidates by a margin of almost 5-to-1 in the last 15 years. He has given $106,400 to Democratic candidates and political action committees (PACs), and just $22,800 to Republican candidates and PACS dating back to 1993.
However, instead of scrutinizing Fuldâ€™s financial ties to politicians, â€śNBC Nightly Newsâ€ť took a populist approach and focused on the embattled former CEOâ€™s compensation.
â€śBut members of Congress noted that Fuld remains a wealthy man,â€ť NBC correspondent Lisa Myers said on the Oct. 6 â€śNightly News.â€ť â€śHe collected $342 million as CEO over 14 years. He owns a $21 million apartment in
â€śI want to be very clear. I take full responsibility for the decisions that I made and for the actions that I took based on the information that we had at the time,â€ť Fuld said.
On the Oct. 6 CNBC â€śPower Lunch,â€ť CNBC and Vanity Fair contributor Vicki Ward confirmed Fuld was punched in the face at the Lehman Brothers gym on Sept. 21, the Sunday following the investment bankâ€™s filing for bankruptcy. â€śIâ€™d have done the same, too,â€ť Ward concluded.