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Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Mike Murphy says:

    God, some people are so dumb. The bloggers and gossip sites have been all over Eichenwald, but the mainstream media has ignored the real story.

    When Eichenwald sent Berry the $2000 on June 8, 2005, Berry had been out of the porn business for six or seven months. As soon as he got the money, Berry reactivated his dormant porn site “Justinsfriends.com”. It went back on-line on June 18, 2005, just 10 days after Berry got Eichenwald’s money. Coincidence? According to Bryon Calame’s last column Berry’s partner Greg Mitchel stated that the money was used to start the business up again. Eichenwald and Berry said that the money was used for electronic toys. Calame refused to follow up on the matter (orders from above?) and let the matter drop (so much for the duties of the NY Times Public Editor).

    Twelve days after he reactivates the porn site, Berry meets with Eichenwald face to face in LA. A few days later Berry abandons the site and flies off to Dallas with the customer list. Eichenwald gets Berry immunity from prosecution and the rest is history.

    The only person who knows what she is talking about is Debbie Nathan. Read her article. Every fact is researched and verified.

  2. Michael Johnson says:

    I checked out Murphy’s story. I have no idea where he gets his information, but it is a lot of garbage.

    If you check justinsfriends.com on archive.org, you will see it was active beginning on October 24, 2004. In 2005, it was active on January 31 and repeatedly shows to be active every month after that.

    Moreover, Murphy’s argument makes no sense. As I understand it, this was a webcam site. The site, archive shows, was up and running. What was money needed for?

    Finally, one disturbing note. Murphy seems to know quite a lot of details about the timing of things. He also seems to have an unusual interest here. Was he a subscriber? Is he a pedophile? If not, where does his information come from? And why is he so angry, given that this resulted in the arrests of lots of bad guys?

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