Nancy Brinker Thinks You’re Stupid

And a whole lot of us are (or were), including Forbes (check the headline), CNN (check the lead), and a whole bunch of local news outlets, like Philly’s CBS affiliate.

I confess, I was away from my computer when I first heard the news. And when I did get to my laptop it took me a few moments to figure out that nothing has changed at all except the spin. Komen is still playing politics with women’s healthcare — specifically, poor women’s healthcare. They didn’t back down, they doubled down.

Here’s Brinker’s statement:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

Oh, fuck you. So you’re doing what you were already doing, while making Planned Parenthood “eligible” to apply for grants in the future. I’m guessing that promise and $5 will buy me a latte at Starbuck’s. Furthermore, their affiliates will be able to ditch Planned Parenthood, which I think is new. Not only is this not a reversal, but it’s the worst sort of message manipulation, carefully crafted so as to be misconstrued by those (like me) who didn’t initially read the statement, just the reporting on it.



Filed under abortion, culture wars, Media, Planned Parenthood

7 responses to “Nancy Brinker Thinks You’re Stupid

  1. Dear Komen , Apologize all ‘you’ want. A corporation has no feelings or humanity, even a non-profit. The true ‘nature’ of your artificial construct has been shown clearly.

  2. meanwhile, back at the ranch, other grantees who are under criminal investigation (like penn state, for one) were never threatened like planned parenthood was. see: which draws from a mother jones article.

    in short, she really does thing we’re stupid. here’s hoping most americans don’t live up to that idea.

  3. Randy

    “fulfill our fiduciary duty”-translation: “I’m not worried about the very poor.”

  4. James Pope

    Well, if her target audience is the conservative base that pressured the Foundation into cutting funding in the first place, she’s probably not wrong if she thinks that.

  5. Min

    I always thought those pink ribbons were pretty stupid, anyway.

  6. chicago dyke

    damn, i haven’t been here in too long. sorry bout dat, SB. you are teh shizzle.

    yeah, i’m one of those people who never gave to Komen, and never will. i hadn’t really had them on my radar; i give directly to local charities i know to be effective and clean. i just go right up to the local office or whatever and hand them cash money. i learned from my time in DC that the national orgs, from Komen to the HRC to Sierra… well, i won’t go into all that except to say that if the charity you give to has a DC office, you’re buying some closet case republican Villager a fancy cocktail right now.

    the web makes it easy. you know what you want to support, and whom. do so. skip going thru any national, DC based organization that takes 10-50% in “administrative” costs. why does the director of Komen make 500K, again?