Tag: Holmes, Elizabeth (1984- )

Unbuttoned: Does This Dress Make Me Look Guilty?

Anna Sorokin, the fake heiress accused of being a society scammer, wore a little black dress to State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday evening as she was found guilty of second-degree grand larceny, theft of services, and one count of attempted grand larceny. Did she have an inkling of what was going to happen? […]

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Robert Mueller in the Age of the Unicorn

“What about these notes?” President Donald Trump demands of Donald McGahn, then his White House counsel. “Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.” Of all the hallucinogenic moments chronicled in Robert Mueller’s report, this is one of the most dizzying. McGahn has been summoned to […]

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Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: What to Read, Watch and Listen To

The saga of the medical testing company Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, is a swirling one, packed with lies, greed, secret romance, literal blood, metaphorical blood, power, secrecy and money. And the Army. And science. And Walgreens. It’s a wild tale: Holmes was a 19-year-old Stanford student when she dropped out of school to […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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Donald Trump’s Phony America

Maybe the best book I read last year was “Bad Blood,” about the epic sham of the biotech start-up Theranos and its delusional creator, Elizabeth Holmes. I had trouble shaking it, and it roared back into my mind on Wednesday, when Michael Cohen testified publicly before the House Oversight Committee and retraced the mountain of […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Our Never-Ending ‘Scam Season’

I started noticing it a few years ago: Seemingly every young person on the internet was selling something. Not in the way that we’re all selling ourselves now, cultivating our personal brands on social media. They were selling actual stuff. Shipping hoverboards from China and unloading them in their American high schools. Running parody Twitter […]

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David Boies Pleads Not Guilty

Most of all, Mr. Boies said, he felt misunderstood. While he concedes he made mistakes, he maintains he was simply defending his clients’ interests to the best of his abilities, including protecting them from damaging headlines. “You don’t know all the facts when you take on a client,” he said, “but once you do, you […]

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Theranos Is Shutting Down

Advertisement The Silicon Valley startup is expected to shutter its operations after it failed to deliver revolutionary lab-testing amid allegations of fraud. ImageElizabeth Holmes, founder and chief executive of Theranos in 2015. She has been barred from serving as an officer or director of any public company for 10 years.CreditCreditDavid Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images […]

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