New Times Investor Silences Bad Press, Times Says

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2009 1:20 PM CST
New Times Investor Silences Bad Press, Times Says
In this file photo, Carlos Slim speaks during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Carlos Slim has a history of intimidating the press, but not the New York Times, which strives manfully to dish the dirt on Mexico’s richest man today, even though he just lent the paper $250 million. Slim loves making such big investments in media companies, but he hates the spotlight and tends to use his financial might to suppress bad press.

One Mexico City journalist, for example, saw a 2006 piece criticizing Slim killed after the billionaire threatened to pull all his advertising from the paper. “That’s how things work here,” he says. But as the recession deepens, Slim’s critics are multiplying, and he may soon be unable to silence them all. President Felipe Calderón recently rebuked Slim’s economic pessimism, and the Federal Competition Commission is exploring antitrust action against him. (More Carlos Slim stories.)

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