As good an answer to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s misguided two-step as you’ll see, with thanks to Ann for tipping us off.
No surprise, incidentally, that one of the great slitherers of the last decade was at the heart of the Komen foundation’s catastrophic fumble. From Think Progress: “Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, was secretly involved in the Komen Foundation’s strategy regarding Planned Parenthood. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the position of “Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations” at Komen last December. According to a source with first-hand knowledge, Fleischer drilled prospective candidates during their interviews on how they would handle the controversy about Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood. Fleischer’s relationship with Komen and the Planned Parenthood controversy was previously undisclosed. He confirmed to ThinkProgress his recent role in filling a key communication position at Komen. Fleischer stressed, however, another communications firm (Ogilvy PR) was retained by Komen to deal with crisis communications over the last few days and he has not been involved. In November, Komen advertised for a top level communications position in Roll Call. Promising applicants received a call from Fleischer. […] Fleischer’s high-level involvement with Komen further complicates its image as an apolitical cancer charity. Fleischer is a prominent partisan commentator and a longtime critic of Planned Parenthood. In his book, Taking Heat, Fleischer criticized Planned Parenthood as a partisan, ideological organization that receives undeserved positive coverage in the press.”
- Planned Parenthood, Born Again
- Komen and the Smear on Planned Parenthood: Swiftboating Tactics From Abortion Zealots