What Eliot Spitzer and Carl Paladino Really Have in Common
What made Dicker so powerful was how his voice was amplified: by his paper’s screaming headlines; by his role as host of an Albany radio show (broadcast from his statehouse office) and a local TV commentator; and by his influence over the rest of the press corps, which inevitably echoed his scoops in more muted tones. What made Dicker so feared was that he was venemously fickle. He abruptly turned on his heroes, unfairly tearing them down after unfairly building them up. Romancing Dicker was dangerous. When the love affair reached its inevitable end, he wouldn’t just break your heart—he’d tear it out and eat it.
Reprinted from Client 9 by Peter Elkind by arrangement with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Copyright (c)