More excellent Scruggs blogging from Parloff

When Roger Parloff has weighed in with Scruggs coverage, he has done a tremendous job, and one that is quite difficult.  At this site, I assume that readers have a high degree of familiarity with the Scruggs Supernova.  If they don’t, well, they can type in a search for "Dickie Scruggs" and study up to become naturalized citizens of the Scruggs Nation.  But when writing less frequently on a subject for a mass audience, it is quite a challenge to describe what is going on without losing the rich flavor of the context. In other words, it takes a lot of skill as a storyteller to keep your piece from becoming just some recitation, some boring, droning tale you hear from the guy on the bar stool next to you, with the particulars swallowing up any larger point, or conversely, with the point hammered at you without enough supporting details for you to believe in the point. 

Here’s a follow up, on his blog, of a recent Scruggs piece that will appear in the print edition of Fortune.  In this follow up, he discusses some developments that didn’t make the first story — makes for some good reading.      

 

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  1. Nomiss

    Roger Parloff’s article is interesting reading indeed, especially after Judge Lackey’s comments about Mike Moore in today’s court proceedings.

  2. Nomiss

    re Roger Parloff’s question as to whom Mike Moore was working for and being paid by in his role as facilitator, negaotiator, and resolution counsel: from Judge Lackey’s testimony and my reading of Moore’s “declaration,” my guess is that Moore was working for and being paid by Dickie Scruggs.

  3. tsetse

    Rossmiller – is that “naturalized citizen” as opposed to “born citizen?”
    Some of us deserve to be in the top tier of “in the know,” no? Course, you deserve most of the credit for providing all that knowledge. So, you’re BORN FOR SURE, nevermind you hadn’t set foot down here until a couple of weeks ago. SORRY I MISSED YOU. APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED EFFORTS AND HARD WORK. BUT FOR YOU, WELL – FILL IN THE BLANK ON THAT. No newspaper in the Mississippi capitol city is gonna fill in the average JOE on much of anything. NOW, ONE COULD GET TO WONDERING WHY THAT IS — YOU KNOW, GET TO SPECULATING ABOUT THIS AND THAT. We’re not talking an advanced degree in rocket science to figure this one out.
    IT’S JUST TOO FUNNY THAT FOLKS IN MS HAVE TO GET THE STORY FROM PORTLAND, OREGON!!
    FASCINATING. Oh, well.

  4. What we are reading from live posts in the hearing chambers and your critique afterwards is a mirror to all of us,(former journalist more in particular)of what is so horribly wrong with the media today. The lead is buried; the newspapers have no guts and reporters are ham-strung. Thanks for helping out.

  5. Thick

    Eleanor Jordan – Interesting that the Sun Herald is not as proactive since Scruggs fell from grace. Anita Lee used to do all the Scruggs reporting, now much of it is contained under an AP byline.
    Off the path, but the more this thing shakes out, the more the timing of Senator Lott’s retirement becomes suspect. A darn shame we are not privy to any trailer meetings between Lott, Scruggs, Taylor and Moore.

  6. M.Williams

    NOMISS – The blog uses a comment that was written by me, and should be read (he apparently thougt so) as if there could be substance to pro bono pro bono going back over a decade. D.Scruggs has all the money in the world in the summer of 1997, more in 98, more during the entire years of Moore’s political career.
    Moore is obscured in the tobacco business, and yet he started it, promoted it, and, short of getting nothing out of it (a condition of fact that is universally applied to the States), the technical relationship and the personal relationship between an AG and his “best Assistant” will show up sometime. It used to be obscure. But how much pro bono is reasonable? Yes, whatever is – Moore is nervous.