Poetic Justice: Even Today Good Journalism Matters
Remember this TG article which talked about a Fraudclosure law firm called Steven J Baum. Joe Nocera, The New York Times columnist who brought the story to focus scored a fantastic moral victory against those leeches at Steven J Baum.
Joe Nocera’s latest NY Times column talks about the aftermath.
“Mr. Nocera — You have destroyed everything and everyone related to Steven J. Baum PC. It took 40 years to build this firm and three weeks to tear down.”
Thus began a lengthy e-mail that I received, on Thursday evening, from Steven J. Baum, the owner of his eponymous law firm, the largest “foreclosure mill” in New York State. Foreclosure mills, of course, are firms that represent banks and servicers trying to foreclose on the millions of homeowners who have defaulted since the housing bubble burst.
Baum was referring to a column I had written in late October after a former employee had sent me some photographs of the firm’s 2010 Halloween party. They showed employees wearing costumes that mocked people who had lost their homes; the ex-employee who forwarded the pictures had described them as “appalling.”
“There is blood on your hands for this one, Joe,” he wrote at the end of that second e-mail. “I will never, ever forgive you for this.”
I think that’s what they call shooting the messenger.
Lost in the Thanksgiving Holiday week is the news that this Fraudclosure firm headed by a bunch of sociopaths is now closing down.
Well done, Mr. Nocera!