Monday, January 09, 2012

A profile of Prokhorov on MSNBC by Robert Windrem, who does not acknowledge he's also "Net Income," chief editor of Nets Daily

So who wrote the stylish, reasonably thorough, and only slightly skewed profile on MSNBC's Open Channel, dedicated to "investigative reporting by NBC News," headlined Meet the NBA tycoon and rapper's friend who could be president of Russia.

One Robert Windrem, described as a senior investigative producer for NBC News and a Nets season ticket holder.


Simply describing him as a "Nets season ticket holder" is just a tad inadequate. He's also Net Income, the ubiquitous, prolific pseudonymous main editor of the NetsDaily web site. (He also comments on this and other sites as "Bobbo.")

And Net Income was the first person to describe Prokhorov as "the most interesting man in the world," the term that Windrem as Windrem enthusiastically uses in his lead today:
Who is Mikhail Prokhorov? That’s easy. He is the most interesting man in the world!
What's missing

Windrem doesn't like to reveal that identity--remember how, in the 10/31/10 New York Times Magazine, he was described as "a 65-year-old New York-based television producer anxious to keep his old- and new-media identities separate"?

But he's revealed himself in hints and in his own 3/25/10 tweet, shown at left.

In his distinguished professional career, Windrem's covered everything from international terrorism to nuclear proliferation, mainly for NBC News. Now he's also a Research Fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security.

Missing the point

Windrem writes today of Prokhorov:
He owns an NBA team – the New Jersey Nets -- and part of a billion-dollar arena being built in Brooklyn. His business partner in both is the rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z. He’s received medals from the presidents of Russia and France and met U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the latter of whom suggested he’d like to play with Prokhorov in any pickup basketball game.
Actually, his main business partner is Bruce Ratner, CEO of Forest City Ratner.

Windrem writes:
Ratner faced a Dec. 31 deadline to sell $500 million in federally guaranteed bonds to build the Nets’ arena, to be called Barclays Center.
The bonds are tax-exempt, but not federally guaranteed.

The relationship

NetIncome stated 7/31/11 on NetsDaily:
I have met numerous people associated with the Nets, all the way up to the Big Russian and Ratner. They respect the site and have asked to meet with me. 
Shouldn't that, as well as Windrem's role as site editor, been mentioned?

After all, if, as Windrem writes today, Prokhorov's "reception from long-suffering fans long-suffering bordered on obeisance," Net Income surely had a role.

3 comments:

  1. Isn't it odd that Bobbo, Windrem and Net Income have never been seen together and that none of the 3 chose to post a link to the MSNBC article that all three wrote on their Netsdaily blog?

    Seems like one or two of them has a keen interest on hiding the other's existence.

    I also wonder if Bobbo, Windrem or Net Income will post this Times article on Forest City Ratner's close proximity to corruption:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/nyregion/in-corruption-scandals-recurring-ties-to-a-developer-forest-city-ratner.html

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  2. I've worked with bob for decades and he does not (and did not) pull punches. As a Knicks fan I care little for the Nets. But don't be unreasonable - without Windrem coverage would be left to rookie NJ hacks and the boosterism factory of Espn.

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  3. He does more than not pull punches. Under his pseudonym he writes things he'd never put his name ot.

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