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Match Group Chairman Greg Blatt lied to you on television and there’s nothing you can do about it

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on November 20, 2015

From The IPOs Desk

If you’re the truth, and you’ve ever found yourself thinking “I wonder exactly how much contempt Match Group Chairman Greg Blatt has for me,” good news! You finally have an answer.

Yesterday, right before Match Group went public, Blatt gave an interview on CNBC to defend comments made a few days earlier by Tinder CEO Sean Rad. As Sarah Lacy wrote yesterday, the interview was full of bluster and bullshit: Rad hadn’t really intended to threaten a female journalist who had written negatively about Tinder, nor had he really spent time investigating her personal life. It was all just a huge misunderstanding!

Moreover, the journalist who had quoted Rad had apparently realized that too: "I think there are a lot of inaccuracies there and a lot of things taken out of context, and I actually think there's some corrections being made," said Blatt to anchors Becky Quick and Joe Kernan.

So there you go. Nothing to worry about. The quotes were taken out of context and the Evening Standard’s Charlotte Edwardes was about to issue a correction.

And that must be true.

Because only a fucking insane person – only a representative of a system so fundamentally rotten that its figureheads can go on television and lie with impunity – would think that the appropriate way to clean up the mess left when an executive threatens a female journalist in the press is to falsely claim that the journalist who reported it had also failed to do her job properly. That is, to smear a second female journalist.

And yet. And yet. A glance at the Evening Standard article in question shows not a single correction has been made. Nor is one going to be. Yesterday morning I asked Edwardes if she was planning to make any corrections to the article. Her response could not have been clearer: “No, there are no 'corrections' because there were no inaccuracies.”

But I didn’t want to just take Edwardes’ word for it. I called IAC/Match Group’s press office, where the telephone was answered by a very nervous sounding young man. “Does Blatt stand by his comments on CNBC?” I asked. “What corrections does he understand the Standard will be making?” “

“Uh,” came the response, “Can you put that question in an email?”

So, with the promise of a speedy response, I did exactly that. And that was almost twenty hours ago.  

I’ll never get that comment, largely because Greg Blatt doesn’t need to explain himself to you me, you, or anyone else. His work is done, as is the work of the Tinder PR flacks calling journalists off the record to spread the same false narrative: They’ve planted enough doubt in the public mind that, maybe – just maybe – the story isn’t as bad as it sounded, and maybe-just-maybe the reporter in question can’t be trusted. Match will be fine and everyone will keep making money. And, as happens every time a senior executive lies about a female journalist, or attempts to smear her professionally and personally, they’ll get away with it.

Don’t it make you so proud to be part of this industry?