Report: Senior Uber exec threatened to dig up dirt on journalists


An Uber executive suggested a plan for discrediting critical journalists, according to a report from Buzzfeed. The tidbit was rather unwisely shared at a gathering organized by journalist Michael Wolff. Emil Michael, the senior VP of business, told a table of New York’s elite that Uber wanted to hire a team of investigators to dig up dirt on reporters.

Buzzfeed described it as a revenge plan of sorts, saying “They’d look into ‘your personal lives, your families,’ and give the media a taste of its own medicine.” Michael proposed spending a million dollars on such a program, hiring four researchers and four journalists to conduct the digging.

Specifically, Michael wanted to go after Pandodaily’s Sarah Lacy, who had recently written an article about deleting the Uber app from her phone because of the company’s recent sexist responses. From Buzzfeed’s explanation:

At the dinner, Michael expressed outrage at Lacy’s column and said that women are…

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