This has been the official Goldman line about Greg Smith ever since his op-ed was published in The New York Times: Smith doesn't really raise serious allegations—and even if he did, we didn't do any of them. (Read more: Greg Smith: Wall Street Is 'Eat-What-You-Kill' System)
The worst thing about Smith's book, according to Blankfein, is that it triggered momentary self-doubt within the walls of Goldman's headquarters. He described Smith's article as "damaging and jarring" to Goldman's self-image—at least temporarily. Because, obviously, Goldman was able to recover that self-image pretty quick.
You see, Goldman has perfected the art of internal criticism. In fact, it holds the top spot in the league tables of self-flagellation.
"Nobody can flagellate themselves as well as Goldman Sachs can," Blankfein said.
It can now brag about being better at yet another thing than everyone else on the entire global playing field. (Read more: 'There Will Be Compromise' on the 'Cliff': Blankfein)
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