Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Gag Me with a Press Release

The absurdity of Penn State's propaganda machine gets the attention of the national media. Here is ESPN columnist Mechelle Voepel on the Harris-Portland settlement announcement.

But settle was, indeed, what everyone did. On Monday, the NCLR announced an "amicable" settlement had been reached, the terms of which are confidential.

In a nauseating press release that displayed the abject phoniness expected when lawyers and spin-control public relations mix, the NCLR said it was "pleased" to make the announcement. Penn State, Curley and Portland denied any liability in regard to Harris' allegations that she was discriminated against while playing for the school. Harris agreed to withdraw legal action.

Then there were long paragraphs about Harris' basketball career, Portland's success as a coach and being a "tireless advocate and major spokesperson for equality in women's sports under Title IX," plus more piled-on malarkey about Penn State being a "national leader" in its "commitment to create and maintain an academic and work environment that fosters respect for others and is free of discrimination of any kind."

Good grief … somebody get me a vomit trough just in case I can't keep my gag reflex in check.

Mechelle, we here in Happy Valley are gag'n' daily.

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