Yes, it’s true, Blankfein did tell a reporter for the Sunday Times of London that he’s just a banker “doing God’s work,” a quote the newspaper couldn’t help but use for the headline of its 6,900-word opus about Goldman last weekend. And, no, Blankfein didn’t mean for these words to be taken seriously, according to the bank’s spokesman, Lucas van Praag.
I just want the numerous people who’ve been writing to me on the subject to know that I definitely did hear Lloyd Blankfein say that he believed Goldman is doing “God’s work.” I’m trying to ignore it for the moment because I’m on a deadline and my editors will chop my balls off if I do a blog post on that right now.
I also have a number of people asking me to comment on Thomas Friedman’s recent use of a broccoli image in a column about the Amazon. I have prepared a ruling on this matter and it is forthcoming. Without getting into it too much, I believe that while it is a very close call, the use of the broccoli image was justified. To use police parlance, it was a “good shoot.”
Anyway, I have to get back to work or I am going to be fired. Apologize for the long absence.