As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Thursday, April 29, 2004

I could've gotten more out! If I just swindled more people!

In a case of "art doesn't always imitate life," Polish filmmaker Lew Rywin was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to swindle daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza out of $17.5 million. Rywin, who co-produced "Schindler's List" cried as he was convicted for claiming he could help rig Polish law to benefit the media outlet.

While the newspaper is saved money and a little bit of face, the real loser is Prime Minister Leszek Miller. Although vindicated during the trial, the political fallout clearly led to his party, the Democratic Left Alliance, forcing him to resign from power. "I would like to hear the word 'sorry' from all those who have continuously connected me with this affair," said Miller- a very small favor to ask considering the situation.

When all is said and done, Rywin appears to be at least one person short from saving "the world entire."