William Shatner’s inspiring spaceflight overshadows exposé of Blue Origin’s society

It was undeniably exciting to enjoy William Shatner blast off into room.

It was a good bit of internet marketing by Jeff Bezos to have Captain Kirk himself on board for yesterday’s 2nd and remarkably productive Blue Origin spaceflight. The media have been riveted by the 90-calendar year-previous former Star Trek commander, who is in amazing condition, talking about the enormity of the leaving the thin blue ambiance for the deathly blackness of room. When he set his hands on Bezos’ shoulders, hugged and thanked him for “the most profound experience I can picture,” it was a triumph for the Amazon founder–who gave everyone a champagne shower–and his rocket firm.

And the outfit narrates and generates it, with its debriefing of the astronauts in the West Texas desert, in a way that Richard Branson, who beat Bezos to room, did not.


But there is another Blue Origin tale this week—one which is in essence obtained no coverage on television.

It is about 1 official who resigned, writing a prolonged memo to Bezos: “Our present culture is harmful to our results.”

It’s about a company tradition that has “develop into dysfunctional, ensuing in reduced morale and substantial turnover, significant delays across a number of major applications.”

It’s about an “authoritarian bro lifestyle,” as one particular ex-worker set it, top to “condescending, occasionally humiliating, opinions and harassment toward some women.”

And the most extraordinary sentence in the story:

“Bezos, who not long ago stepped down as main executive of Amazon, also owns The Washington Submit.”

Yep, this fiercely detrimental investigative report was revealed by Jeff Bezos’ have newspaper.

It speaks volumes about the Post’s strategy to journalism that it is inclined to acquire on the manager so considerably. And I should acknowledge it states one thing about Bezos’ fingers-off solution to the paper he purchased from the Graham family eight years in the past that there was no interference.

The indictment, primarily based on far more than 20 interviews, is very searing. 1 insider is quoted as indicating: “The C-suite is out of touch with the rank-and-file very severely. It’s pretty dysfunctional. It is condescending. It is demoralizing, and what comes about is we can not make progress and stop up with substantial delays.”

Dan Abrams, on his NewsNation clearly show, supplied theories on why journalists are so effortless on one particular of the world’s richest males:

“He’s a person of them — us possessing a beloved media property, he’s progressive, and — this one’s a very little conspiratorial — but he’s super-wealthy and can personally generate significant advertisement purchases.”


Blue Origin claimed in a statement that the company usually takes “all promises severely and we have no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any variety. Where we substantiate allegations of misconduct beneath our anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation coverage we just take the appropriate motion — up to and together with termination of employment.”

Bezos, interestingly adequate, would not comment to his personal paper. Maybe he was as well active hanging out with Shatner.

This undated photo made obtainable by Blue Origin in October 2021 displays, from remaining, Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries. (Blue Origin by using AP)
(Blue Origin by means of AP)

In the meantime, I’m a bit stunned that a several conservative commentators are defending Jon Gruden, who resigned as the Las Vegas Raiders mentor following the New York Moments disclosed some of his horribly offensive emails.

Immediately after all, this large-stage NFL executive and former ESPN analyst at the time named Commissioner Roger Goodell a “f—-t” and a “clueless anti football p—y,” and said that Goodell must not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft “q—rs.” And he traded pictures of topless cheerleaders.

For all those who say oh, these are old e-mails, Gruden wrote them amongst the ages of 47 and 54, some as not too long ago as 2017. As for the argument that some of these slurs applied to be frequent, have not all older people had to discover they are unacceptable?

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As Write-up sportswriter Sally Jenkins claims, “There is a perception that Gruden was not just talking for himself in those people emails but that he’s a representative NFL male in his blithe bigotry, that he is quite a lot the football establishment in his communicate of ‘queers’ and fats-lipped Black males.. And it’s heading to be a obstacle for absolutely everyone in and all around the league who would like to independent on their own.”

But here’s the detail: Gruden, who has apologized, despatched these missives to the former president of the Washington Soccer Crew, among the other people. A lot of people today in the league need to have known about them but no one particular turned him in. Which is why the Countrywide Soccer League has a incredibly big difficulty.

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