Bloomberg’s detailed and well-made SBF documentary wasn’t onerous sufficient on the disgraced FTX founder and had some questionable interviewees.
Bloomberg simply dropped a documentary on Sam Bankman-Fried and it may have been so good.
“RUIN: Cash, Ego and Deception at FTX,” which is racking up nearly 60,000 within the 17 hours because it went dwell, has manufacturing worth that rivals an HBO movie, a grabby story line, and an in depth overview of the primary milestones of one in all crypto’s most dramatic tales.
However it has two flaws that overshadow the remainder: Its alternative of interviewees and that it ought to have gone more durable in opposition to SBF. The blunders spotlight how mainstream monetary media’s continued dismissal of crypto mars its protection.
Stealing, Not Borrowing
The documentary misses the mark on the way it explains the core of FTX and Alameda’s wrongdoing.
A Bloomberg editor explains that Alameda was “borrowing” cash from FTX and posting FTT as collateral. And that this occurred after lenders began calling of their loans to Alameda because of the Terra/Luna collapse.
Alameda Analysis, SBF’s hedge fund, has been accused of stealing FTX buyer deposits to commerce ever since FTX began working in 2019. It was theft. Not loans. It was how the 2 firms operated – even fabricating a number of stability sheets to cowl it up. It wasn’t an exception.
Su Zhu and BitBoy Interviews
The story’s credibility additional sours with a few of its interview decisions.
The lineup contains respected names corresponding to Jesse Powell of Kraken, enterprise capitalist Alex Pack, and Alex Svanevik of Nansen, along with a bunch of Bloomberg reporters and editors.
However then there’s interviews with Kyle Davies and Su Zhu, founders of one other large crypto failed operation, Three Arrows Capital. The inventors of the “supercylce,” have been accused of mendacity to traders and lenders about their monetary positions and stability sheet.
Zhu is quoted within the movie attempting to make sense of SBF’s motivations.
“Folks say ‘scammer know scammer,'” Zhu says within the movie “To begin with, I do not assume I’m a scammer however I perceive what he was attempting to do. I do not assume he had a conception of whether or not he was mistaken or proper. He simply had the mentality that he simply needed to win.”
Then, there’s an interview with YouTuber BitBoy, who has been accused by a number of sources of pumping and dumping tokens onto his viewers, paradoxically speaking concerning the common people who misplaced their life financial savings.
In addition they interview Kevin O’Leary with out mentioning his hefty $15M deal as a spokesperson for FTX.
Inspirational Quote from SBF
The documentary concludes with SBF speaking about his legacy.
“I do not give a shit about my legacy,” SBF says on digital camera for what appears to be an previous interview. “I believe what issues is what influence I’ve on this planet in the long run. It does not matter if I make the world higher or if another person does it. Higher is healthier and if I may help different individuals assist the world that is simply pretty much as good.”
“Ultimately it is the mark that we truly go away on the world not the mark that we’re perceived to depart on the world what maters.”
The documentary ends with that quote, which appears to offer SBF with a platform to absolve himself. I’m wondering if a documentary about Madoff would have an inspirational quote from him.
What’s puzzling, is that Bloomberg and different giant monetary media retailers criticize crypto for issues that do not make sense — terrorism financing and the way onerous it’s to ship Bitcoin — however inexplicably fail to categorically name out wrongdoing on the largest frauds in crypto’s historical past.
In any case, this documentary gives a well-made overview of the SBF story and viewers will come out smarter concerning the saga after watching it.
We simply hope they do not assume BitBoy is a reputable supply to speak about crypto or that possibly this “quirky boy genius wasn’t that dangerous.”