Would you trust someone who never uses email?

By Felix Salmon
September 11, 2009
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Jackie Speier (D-Calif): Do you use email?

Hank Paulson: Do I use email? No, I don't use it, personally.

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Jackie Speier (D-Calif): Do you use email?

Hank Paulson: Do I use email? No, I don’t use it, personally.

JS: You don’t use it personally, or professionally?

HP: Yeah, I just don’t. So I’ve never used it for any business communications. Just never use it.

JS: So while you were secretary of the Treasury you never used email?

HP: No.

JS: How did you communicate with people?

HP: Telephone.

I wonder if Eric Falkenstein had it in mind when he wrote this:

People who meticulously avoid email should not be trusted, because it is simply too calculating, as if they know they are regularly committing crimes. A phone conversation can always be disavowed, you just say you were talking about last weekend’s bar mitzvah.

(Via Weisenthal)

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