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Elizabeth Holmes, left to her own devices


Critics are flaming the New York Times today for posting what they say is an overly empathetic 5,500-word profile of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes earlier this morning. But writer Amy Chozick is in on the con. In fact, her story may provide the  clearest understanding yet of how Holmes so captivated investors, business partners, and the U.S. media, before the Wall Street Journal finally blew the lid on her company beginning in late 2015.

Nice to be a pretty white lady working your charm on a nyt reporter.
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) May 7, 2023

pretty incredible to write a performatively angsty bazillion-word profile of Elizabeth Holmes without ever addressing the certainty that her lies would have killed people if she hadn’t been busted, or the equal certainty that she herself knew this
— Albert Burneko (@AlbertBurneko) May 7, 2023

It’s not an easy thing to pull off. First, as any reporter can tell you, writing a profile piece that …

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