HP's board: Rude, uncouth, and bitchy

In the latest comment on the Hewlett-Packard leaker-snooping scandal, The New York Times spanks the board by suggesting that its members need a lesson in good behavior (and a night class in ethics). "People just don't have a lot of patience with this board anymore," one analyst tells the paper.

It's another embarrassing incident for HP, which is getting more buzz for this top-level power struggle than for any actual product or business news. But it makes for juicy reading, with everyone looking like a bad guy — director George Keyworth for leaking privileged information, chairwoman Patricia Dunn for snooping his and Tom Perkins's private phone records, and the company for trying to hide the drama. With boards like this, who needs the Sopranos?

A Board in Need of an Emily Post [NY Times, no reg]