Pulitzer Winning Journalist Jesse Eisinger





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Published on Dec 8, 2011

This week on Media Mayhem Allison welcomes Jesse Eisigner, Pulitzer prize winning senior reporter at Propublica covering Wall Street and finance. Jesse has done some incredible reporting on Wall Street, most notably on how the Wall Street banks have managed to mostly escape any action by the SEC. He shares insight on what led up to the current economic climate, what, if anything, has been done to address the practices responsible for the collapse and how the media has covered the crisis and protests. You can contact Jesse at jesse@propublica.org.

Jesse Eisinger is a Pulitzer Prize winning senior reporter at ProPublica covering Wall Street and finance who also writes for The New York Times's Dealbook section. Throughout his career Jesse has worked at the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires, thestreet.com and as the Wall Street editor of Conde Nast Portfolio.
Jesse won his Pulitzer Prize along with his writing partner Jake Bernstein for a series of stories on Wall Street's practices that caused the United States' most recent financial fallout.


00:00 Introduction: Jesse Eisinger
02:00 Why do you think the SEC hasn't done a more comprehensive job investigating banks like Citibank and why they are off the hook?
05:00 How is it possible that you are able to write about what went on and why is the SEC involved in letting people off the hook? Why has the SEC done such a poor job of being able to indict anybody?
07:00 Does the SEC say "we are doing what we can, we are fining these companies"?
09:00 Isn't the SEC responsible for gathering evidence in order to indict?
11:00 In terms of the DOJ, do you think that politics are entering into it? What is the relationship between the President and Wall Street?
13:00 Are they abandoning Obama? Do you think he has given up on regulation and he is systematically moving back on his campaign?
18:00 Was it implemented correctly in regards to sweeping change on Wall Street?
22:00 What stories have been the most damaging, misleading or untrue?
24:00 Can you let the viewers know what would be the best resource for understanding TARP, the bailout, the stimulus? (sig tarp reports)
28:00 From your own writing you are saying the SEC hasn't done a complete investigation. Should the public be asking these questions as well like "why isn't the SEC looking into this?"
31:00 Basically we have a SEC holding very few accountable, and a DOJ that doesn't want to prosecute anyone unless it can win. Is there anything anyone can do? Will the protests effect it? Is it hopeless?
34:00 What did you think of the initial coverage of the Wall Street demonstrations?
40:00 Were you surprised at how long it's taken the mainstream media to cover the protests and even the financial meltdown?
41:00 Do you think something bad has to happen in order for the media to go down there and get coverage?
44:00 Was it surprising you were out there on your own?
47:00 What do you think of the coverage of other publications?
50:00 Do you think there are other places besides ProPublica and NYT that are asking the broader questions?
52:00 Seems the discussion has shifted from "what is going on, how do we fix it?" to "what happened/how did we get here?"
53:00 Where would people be able to write to you in order to contact you?
(jesse@propublica.org. you can contact anonymously...I try to look at everything i get)
54:00 Are you beginning to look forward? Can the public put the pressure on Wall Street to make some changes? Is it political?
57:00 What do you say would be the best way for other journalists to move forward to cover the continuing crisis?
58:00 You can read Jesse's work at Propublica.
60:00 wrap up


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