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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Corruption, Chicago Style

When Hamid Karzai pays off Afghan warlords to keep the peace and political stability, we call him "corrupt."

Whe Iraqi politicians make pay-offs to sheiks and tribes for their political support and votes, we cry "corruption!"

But when the Democrats make pay-offs, that's called a "job stimulus" even when it's only one job and rank nepotism is the alleged motive.

According to an unnamed source, Oregon State University Athletic
Director Bob DeCarolis was considering firing their basketball
coach, Craig Robinson, after an 8-11 start (2-5 in the Pac 10
conference). This was admittedly a poorer record than the year before, and certainly universities have fired coaches for disappointing the alumni in other venues.

Corvallis received stimulus money for the university from the federal government. The source now says that Craig Robinson's job is safe for this year due to this influx of funds. This was confirmed by the university's athletic director, who which stated that Robinson's six-year coaching contract with OSU was recently extended through 2016 (an additional two years), but insisted it had nothing to do with federal stimulus grants.

Coach Robinson just happens to be Michelle Obama's brother.

The University denies that there is any connection between their coach, his job and the $26,434,969 as its portion of stimulus money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the Oregon University System.

Riiiiight.

The interesting thing to me is not whether or not this is a whistle-blower exposing corruption or an internet rumor gone viral, but the media take on this.....if this rumor were about Cheney, the Fourth Estate would be slobbering over their word processors, spewing out reams of unsubstantiated text and demanding that a Special Prosecutor open an investigation.

But apparently the current administration is exempt from that level of journalistic indignation, invention or legal inquiry. There are a lot of indignant denials; trite put-downs of "internet stories" but there is no Woodward and Bernstein out there looking to see if maybe there is a connection or proving there isn't a connecton between the money and the brother-in-law's job. The very lack of investigation speaks volumes about the Obama Machine's ability to squelch inquiry.

Now THAT's what is corrupt: the Mainstream Media blatantly prostituting itself. No wonder no one watches them, reads them, or trusts them any more--they've become the propaganda corps of the Obama Machine.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Lynne said...

found this at about.com:urban legends............
Analysis: While it's true that Oregon State University head basketball coach Craig Robinson is Michelle Obama's brother, virtually everything else in this message is false.

Far from having his job on the chopping block, Robinson's six-year coaching contract with OSU was recently extended through 2016 (an additional two years), and it had nothing to do with federal stimulus grants, according to Assistant OSU Athletic Director Steve Fenk. "For the record," he said in an email, "Craig Robinson has coached Oregon State to its best back-to-back seasons since the early 1990s."

Furthermore, though Oregon State has received a total of over $26,000,000 in federal stimulus grants to date — at least half of it in 2009 — there is no record of Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter (or any other government official) being "dispatched to Corvallis with $17,000,000 in stimulus money."

When I asked OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis to comment on this rumor — which is as much a smear against him as it is against Coach Robinson and the Obama administration — his response was succinct: "There is absolutely no truth to any of this, period."

Sources and further reading:

Craig Robinson to Stay at Oregon State
ESPN, 2 March 2010

Robinson Agrees to 2-Year Contract Extension
Corvallis Gazette-Times, 2 March 2010

Craig Robinson Bio
Oregon State University

Stimulus Funding Finds Its Way to Oregon
Eugene Register-Guard, 26 March 2009

Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 5:56:00 AM GMT+3  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

I saw this also....but you missed my point: it isn't whether it is denied by the University and is internet rumor or is true. The point is that the MSM rushed to denegrate it without investigation but when it is a policy, party or political persona they dislike (Bush's military service, Palin's dead caribou count) they rush to adopt the most vicous unsubstantiated rumor and be damned to the truth.

The "corruption" is in the media...which is why there is absolutely no reason to believe media denials about this story absent any real investigation.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:22:00 AM GMT+3  
Anonymous mariana said...

Sarah:

Thanks for this post; I'd totally missed this stuff on MichelleAntoinette's brother, and wonder that you're able to keep up with this stuff. Blessings. mariana

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 6:46:00 PM GMT+3  

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