The Komen Foundation got a huge assist today and it didn’t even have to pay some sleazy PR firm a yacht of cash to do it. Earlier today, the Dallas News reported that the Komen Foundation had issued an apology for its decision to stop funding cancer screen and prevention at Planned Parenthood, a decision that has inflamed many. It turns out that the apology was nothing more than a shameless attempt to take control of all the damage wrought to Komen, but the traditional media didn’t even bother to see the bait that it was blindly slurping up and ran with it anyway. Worse yet, they reported it as a reversal of the Komen Foundation’s decision.
From the Daily Kos:
“I just got off the phone with a Komen board member, and he confirmed that the announcement does not mean that Planned Parenthood is guaranteed future grants — a demand he said would be “unfair” to impose on Komen. He also said the job of the group’s controversial director, Nancy Brinker, is safe, as far as the board is concerned.”according to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post.
Apparently “reversal” is in the same lexicon as ‘refudiate’. Sargent’s article peels the onion back even further.
Pushed on whether this means the new announcement wasn’t really a reversal, [Komen board member John] Raffelli pushed back, arguing that Komen, in response to all the criticism, had removed politics from the grant-making process. “Is it really unclear that we’re changing the policy to address criticism?” he said.
Well, it looks like the Komen Foundation needs to disregard this incidental makeover and clearly state if it will continue its longstanding relationship with Planned Parenthood. If not, as the Daily Kos aptly put it, “this looks like nothing more than an attempt to try to change the narrative and the non-stop negative headlines about the foundation’s politicizing of breast cancer prevention.”
Maybe the former governor of Alaska was onto something with the whole “lamestream media” epithet. Thank you very much traditional media; you actually made me compliment Sarah Palin.
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