Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Who Are You Gonna Believe?"

The New Yorker
30 June 2008

The Brass Ring
A multibillionaire's relentless quest for global influence.

by Connie Bruck

[...] In the late nineteen-eighties, one of [casino owner Sheldon Adelson's] closest friends from childhood, Alan Rice, was the show director for a Las Vegas festival, Cinetex, that was organized by Interface in collaboration with the American Film Institute. Rice taped Adelson at one meeting when he was issuing orders. "About a month later, Sheldon came back and said, `You guys have done this all wrong, you didn't follow my directions!' " [Jason] Chudnofsky recalled. "Alan Rice said, `Stop for a second, Shel -- I'm going to play a tape of the meeting for you.' And Sheldon said the following: `What are you guys, crazy? Who are you gonna believe, me or the tape?' " (Rice declined to comment on the incident.) [...]