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Enron and the press

In last month’s Prospect, Richard Lambert, the former editor of the Financial Times, asked why the press had failed to see Enron coming. He acknowledges that part of the failure lies in the mood of the times. Unfortunately, he does not go far enough. It was, after all, a TMT (technology, media and telecoms) boom, and the Financial Times was at the heart of it. Just over two years ago, Pearson, owner of the FT, was applauded by the market for raising hundreds of millions of pounds to invest in internet ventures: was soon followed…

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