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Feb 3 '12
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SIGNAL BOOST: 
Lazy media reports Komen Foundation decision as ‘reversal.’ It isn’t.
Earlier today, the news broke that the Komen Foundation had issued an apology for its decision to stop funding cancer screen and prevention at Planned Parenthood. The apology was nothing more than an attempt to control the damage done to the Komen brand, but the traditional media nonetheless did the work for the foundation by reporting it as a reversal of the Komen Foundation’s decision.
But it’s not.
Greg Sargent reports:
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.
Right. So in other words, the foundation’s announcement isn’t reversing anything at all.
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.
Yes, it really is unclear. The Komen Foundation needs to state unequivocally that it will continue its long practice of working with Planned Parenthood; otherwise, 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.
Oh, and one more thing:
Asked if Brinker’s job was safe, Rafelli said: “Yes.” He added that the board “unequivocally” stood behind her.
That would be Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the foundation, who has spent the last 24 hours chastising critics for criticizing Komen.
So, traditional media, are you still going to keep doing the bidding of the Komen Foundation by pretending it has changed its position? Or are you going to report the truth?
If you want to support an organization that really does care about women’s health, click to donate to Planned Parenthood.

sinidentidades:

SIGNAL BOOST: 

Lazy media reports Komen Foundation decision as ‘reversal.’ It isn’t.

Earlier today, the news broke that the Komen Foundation had issued an apology for its decision to stop funding cancer screen and prevention at Planned Parenthood. The apology was nothing more than an attempt to control the damage done to the Komen brand, but the traditional media nonetheless did the work for the foundation by reporting it as a reversal of the Komen Foundation’s decision.

But it’s not.

Greg Sargent reports:

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.

Right. So in other words, the foundation’s announcement isn’t reversing anything at all.

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.

Yes, it really is unclear. The Komen Foundation needs to state unequivocally that it will continue its long practice of working with Planned Parenthood; otherwise, 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.

Oh, and one more thing:

Asked if Brinker’s job was safe, Rafelli said: “Yes.” He added that the board “unequivocally” stood behind her.

That would be Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the foundation, who has spent the last 24 hours chastising critics for criticizing Komen.

So, traditional media, are you still going to keep doing the bidding of the Komen Foundation by pretending it has changed its position? Or are you going to report the truth?

If you want to support an organization that really does care about women’s health, click to donate to Planned Parenthood.

Feb 3 '12

Last night, Komen’s twitter feed said they would continue to fund PP through end of 2012 and then PP could reapply. Same here. I’m guessing PP never sees another dime and that they are hoping none of us are paying attention when that happens.

Feb 3 '12

Quick hit: on the queue, and Komen’s apology

plannedparenthoodsavedme:

1. Couple of people have asked if I can use the queue for posts. Unfortunately, I am — I’m posting some manually and some via queue, because there is an ongoing huge backlog of stories. We’re just about getting caught up, and I suspect once I’m not getting 15-20 stories and hour, the every-30-min queue will work fine. But! If I only queue stories, some people aren’t going to see theirs on the site til next week… and I don’t want anyone to have to wait too awful long. I know you get a few at a time in your dash, but it’s the best I can do to shoot for some middle ground.

2. Komen’s apology is not an apology, it’s a PR stunt. Go read Angus for more.

When Susan G. Komen for the Cure “defunded” Planned Parenthood, what they actually did was disqualify them for any future grants - they didn’t take any money away. Now, they are reassuring us that Planned Parenthood is still eligible for grants in the future, but of course they aren’t promising any actual money. As long as anti-choice politician Karen Handel is senior vice president, Komen funding to Planned Parenthood is at risk. Don’t let up, guys.

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Jan 31 '12

Donate your money to breast cancer foundations that don’t suck!

Caving under pressure from anti-choice groups, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the United States’ most famous breast cancer charity, has pulled its grants for breast cancer screening from Planned Parenthood. Komen grants totaled roughly $680,000 last year, and $580,000 the year before. Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood has used this funding to provide almost 170,000 breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals.

Planned Parenthood has established a Breast Health Emergency Fund to provide immediate funding to ensure that their health centers can continue providing care. You can donate to Planned Parenthood here.

Now that we can no longer rely on the Komen foundation (not that we really could, anyway), where else should your donations to breast cancer research go? Spirit Fingers at Crasstalk compiled this handy list:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Network of Strength

Jul 5 '11