Goldman Sachs spokesman Lucas van Praag is apparently way too pissed at the Times to give them any more page views. Today, he took to the Huffington Post to make a point-by-point rebuttal of Gretchen Morgenson and Louise Story’s piece in the Sunday Times, headlined “Testy Conflict With Goldman Helped Push A.I.G. to Edge.” “This is the third theory the paper has put forward since September 2008,” van Praag sniffs in his inimitable manner. “The theories are contradictory and many of the supporting ‘facts’ don’t stand up to serious scrutiny.”
It would be better if he’d gone a bit harder on them — particularly on the inclusion of the quote from a Duke professor speculating on Goldman’s “motivation” — and it would have been nice if there were a few more van Praagian flourishes, like if he had called the aforementioned quote “codswallop” — but overall, a solid debut. We hope he stays on at HuffoPo; we’d like to hear what he has to say about the Sarah Palin “retard” controversy.