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Bernie Madoff Would Like A Little Credit For All Of His 'Legitimate' Achievements In Life

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Bernie Madoff recently called New York reporter Steve Fishman collect, from prison. Berns had rebuffed Fishman's previous attempts to chat but apparently had been feeling like there were a few things he wanted to get off his chest and in print, for all the haters to see. Lately, you see, the Ponzi Master is feeling a bit misunderstood. Angry. Cheated. He takes the blame for what he did (though he thinks the banks that enabled him should take a little themselves) and admits that Ruth is pretty ticked off with him of late. That's not what's getting his goat though. What he's feeling miffed about these days is the fact that okay, yes, he ran a multi-billion dollar scam that had some pretty serious consequences. Fine. But what about all those years he was doing things by the book? People rightfully thought he was pretty great then but do we ever hear about that? No! All we hear is monster this and criminal that. What gives?

“Does anybody want to hear that I had a successful business and did all these wonderful things for the industry?” Bernie continued. “And got all these awards? And so did my family? I did all of this during the legitimate years. No. You don’t read any of that.”

I mean honestly. It's incredible; funny, really, if you think about it, how running a $67 billion Ponzi scheme and ruining thousands of lives (millions if you count all Mets fans) will really make people forget about what a great guy you were. And it's not just Bernie, tons of people have gotten a raw deal from the media- no one talks about how Mussolini made the trains run or time, or how Hitler built those wonderful autobahns, or how Ted Bundy made women feel special, even though they did. It's like, what the hell? At one time, places like Institutional Investor thought Berns was a pretty big deal and a lot of people in the industry, if you asked them, would've described him as, I don't want to say a hero, but okay, fine, a hero. Then he confesses to doing some less quote legitimate unquote stuff and, poof, none of that should matter anymore?

An Interview With Bernie Madoff [NYM]