About the Susan G. Komen “Cave” Words mean things…(Update Am Papist Jill Stanek & Capt Ed get it)

by Datechguy | February 3rd, 2012

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About the Susan G. Komen "Cave" Words mean things...(Update Am Papist Jill Stanek & Capt Ed get it)

One of the things you learn when you start report­ing the news is the dif­fer­ence between head­lines and realities.

All over twit­ter and TV we are see­ing the line: Susan G. Komen backs down. Susan Komen caves etc etc etc.

My first instinct was of course to can­cel my dona­tion, I tweeted to that effect but then I decided to do some­thing that I thought might be intel­li­gent. I read the state­ment they released

State­ment from Susan G. Komen Board of Direc­tors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 03, 2012 9:40 AM
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.

and noted in par­tic­u­lar three paragraphs:

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.

That is not an unfair state­ment after all if our friends on the left wanted to dis­qual­ify an orga­ni­za­tion they can just begin an “inves­ti­ga­tion in a state like Illi­nois that they con­trol and then “poof”. The state­ment con­tin­ues empha­sis mine

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.

Hmmm pre­serve their eli­gi­bil­ity to apply for grants. Any­one can apply for grants, cripes I can apply for a grant. It’s an open ques­tion if such a grant will be given.

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.

What that week has demon­strated with­out a ques­tion is grants to Planned Par­ent­hood gen­er­ate con­tro­ver­sies. And this state­ment says explic­itly that they want to give grants admin­is­tered with­out controversies.

This is a very care­fully worded let­ter and I think the care in the word­ing says a lot. What is not explic­itly said is: “Planned Par­ent­hood will be get­ting new grants from Susan G. Komen in the future.” If Komen wanted to say that, they would have, but they didn’t.

Here is what I think: I think Komen rec­og­nized that to the left this is about the PR bat­tle, I think what Komen is say­ing is not sub­stan­tially dif­fer­ent that what they said yes­ter­day. I think that the left is turn­ing this into a PR win because in the end it is the only win they will get out of this, and the image of Komen “cav­ing” is all that mat­ters to them.

I have a funny feel­ing when a year passes and Planned Par­ent­hood applies for grants for Komen, Komen will hap­pily accept those appli­ca­tions and decide that other groups are more wor­thy of their money.

Now in giv­ing Planned Par­ent­hood and the left a PR vic­tory (which as I’ve already pointed out today is all they really care about) they will enrage a lot of peo­ple who frankly will not trust them in the future, and our friends on the left are cel­e­brat­ing right now, but I think they are min­ing fools gold.

Update: Appar­ently life news sees the same thing I do:

Austin Ruse, the pres­i­dent of the Catholic Fam­ily and Human Rights Insti­tute, who has been very closely fol­low­ing the Komen decision-​making process, told Life­News that the state­ment is not really a change in posi­tion but he says the sen­tence “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” is “trou­bling” for pro-​life advocates.

This rep­re­sents noth­ing new. We have known and have reported that they are con­tin­u­ing five grants through 2012. This is a ref­er­ence to that. The sec­ond clause about eli­gi­bil­ity is cer­tainly true. Any group can apply for any­thing. It does not mean they are going to get any­thing,” Ruse told LifeNews.

What this is is an effort to get the mafia off of their backs. As James Taranto said in the Wall Street Jour­nal yes­ter­day, this is a clas­sic shake­down oper­a­tion. Give us money or we will destroy you. This is Komen’s attempt to save their orga­ni­za­tion, which we should know is in peril. Our side should know that noth­ing has changed.”

It’s all about the PR and when it comes down to it, Komen the bad PR and mis­trust that Komen is going to get over this is their own fault.

Bot­tom line: Komen cut fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood, it is fac­ing mas­sive revolt from its chap­ters and temen­dous oppo­si­tion from Planned Par­ent­hood and the media, and it appears to be leav­ing the door open for poten­tial grants — not that they will nec­es­sar­ily hap­pen beyond the ones pre­vi­ously approved prior to the deci­sion — to please both sides.

In the end, Komen’s deci­sion to fund Planned Par­ent­hood orig­i­nally got itself in the mess it faces now.

Update 2: The Amer­i­can Papist no squish on life, gets it:

They released a very care­fully scripted state­ment today which echoes what their Pres­i­dent Nancy G. Brinker said yes­ter­day on MSNBC. They didn’t cave, they are say­ing the exact same thing they’ve always been say­ing, just in a new way, in an effort to beg for space and a break from the inces­sant threat by lib­eral elites and attacks by the main­stream and left-​wing media

Update 3: If you won’t believe me or the Amer­i­can Papist on Komen will you believe Jill Stank?

12:20p: The more I read Komen’s state­ment, the more bril­liant it becomes. Planned Par­ent­hood loses its PR edge if any of its affil­i­ates are con­victed on crim­i­nal grounds.

And with the inves­ti­ga­tions cur­rently under way those odds increase every day.

Update 4:
The anchoress gets it on the polit­i­cal side but is giv­ing into despair:

He’s much more opti­mistic than I am, but then again, I’m watch­ing Moloch dance today. I know he loses in the end, but today, he feels tri­umphant. Komen won’t dare not to fund PP in the future, not after what they just tasted.

Unless, per­haps, the Chris­tians have mercy, as Thomas says.

Faith Eliz­a­beth, have FAITH!

Update 5: Cap­tain Ed gets it:

It sounds to me like this state­ment was care­fully crafted to under­score that pol­icy, not reverse it, as Sar­gent discovered.

The Anchoress insists she is not giv­ing into despair, I think the left is about to beclown them­selves on this.

Update 6: MSNBC and CNN cel­e­bra­tions not with­stand­ing a few on the left are start­ing to get it

Update last: AUL state­ment:

Amer­i­cans United for Life Pres­i­dent and CEO Dr. Char­maine Yoest said that it was “unfor­tu­nate that the Komen Foun­da­tion had come under vicious attack from Planned Par­ent­hood as part of a media-​savvy campaign.”

Dr. Yoest made the fol­low­ing statement:

As a breast can­cer sur­vivor, I am trou­bled that the Komen Foun­da­tion has come under such heavy fire for their recent deci­sion to tighten and focus their fund­ing guide­lines. This week we have all been wit­ness to highly par­ti­san attacks from pro-​abortion advo­cates and an ugly and dis­grace­ful shake­down that high­lights Planned Parenthood’s will­ing­ness to pur­sue a scorched-​earth strat­egy to force com­pli­ance with their pro-​abortion agenda.

The Amer­i­can pub­lic has learned this week that Planned Par­ent­hood does not actu­ally pro­vide front-​line breast health ser­vices: Planned Par­ent­hood does not pro­vide mam­mo­grams – a ser­vice that saved my life. Komen’s long-​standing part­ner­ship with the nation’s largest abor­tion provider has allowed Planned Par­ent­hood to white­wash the cen­tral fact that their core mis­sion involves pro­vid­ing abortion.

The on-​going Con­gres­sional inves­ti­ga­tion of Planned Par­ent­hood – from the same Com­mit­tee inves­ti­gat­ing Solyn­dra – raises sub­stan­tive legal ques­tions and areas of eth­i­cal and moral con­cern. As AUL detailed in our ‘Case for Inves­ti­gat­ing Planned Par­ent­hood,’ atten­tion to the abor­tion giant’s busi­ness prac­tices is long overdue.

The Com­mit­tee is con­cerned with wise stew­ard­ship of pub­lic tax­payer monies, just as the Komen Foun­da­tion must be con­cerned with their invest­ment of donor dol­lars. It is unfor­tu­nate that donors to the Susan G. Komen Foun­da­tion are now con­fused about their asso­ci­a­tion with the nation’s largest abor­tion provider.”

One of the things you learn when you start reporting the news is the difference between headlines and realities.

All over twitter and TV we are seeing the line: Susan G. Komen backs down. Susan Komen caves etc etc etc.

My first instinct was of course to cancel my donation, I tweeted to that effect but then I decided to do something that I thought might be intelligent. I read the statement they released

Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker Friday, February 03, 2012 9:40 AM
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.

and noted in particular three paragraphs:

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.

That is not an unfair statement after all if our friends on the left wanted to disqualify an organization they can just begin an “investigation in a state like Illinois that they control and then “poof”. The statement continues emphasis mine

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.

Hmmm preserve their eligibility to apply for grants. Anyone can apply for grants, cripes I can apply for a grant. It’s an open question if such a grant will be given.

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.

What that week has demonstrated without a question is grants to Planned Parenthood generate controversies. And this statement says explicitly that they want to give grants administered without controversies.

This is a very carefully worded letter and I think the care in the wording says a lot. What is not explicitly said is: “Planned Parenthood will be getting new grants from Susan G. Komen in the future.” If Komen wanted to say that, they would have, but they didn’t.

Here is what I think: I think Komen recognized that to the left this is about the PR battle, I think what Komen is saying is not substantially different that what they said yesterday. I think that the left is turning this into a PR win because in the end it is the only win they will get out of this, and the image of Komen “caving” is all that matters to them.

I have a funny feeling when a year passes and Planned Parenthood applies for grants for Komen, Komen will happily accept those applications and decide that other groups are more worthy of their money.

Now in giving Planned Parenthood and the left a PR victory (which as I’ve already pointed out today is all they really care about) they will enrage a lot of people who frankly will not trust them in the future, and our friends on the left are celebrating right now, but I think they are mining fools gold.

Update: Apparently life news sees the same thing I do:

Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, who has been very closely following the Komen decision-making process, told LifeNews that the statement is not really a change in position but he says the sentence “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” is “troubling” for pro-life advocates.

“This represents nothing new. We have known and have reported that they are continuing five grants through 2012. This is a reference to that. The second clause about eligibility is certainly true. Any group can apply for anything. It does not mean they are going to get anything,” Ruse told LifeNews.

“What this is is an effort to get the mafia off of their backs. As James Taranto said in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, this is a classic shakedown operation. Give us money or we will destroy you. This is Komen’s attempt to save their organization, which we should know is in peril. Our side should know that nothing has changed.”

It’s all about the PR and when it comes down to it, Komen the bad PR and mistrust that Komen is going to get over this is their own fault.

Bottom line: Komen cut funding for Planned Parenthood, it is facing massive revolt from its chapters and temendous opposition from Planned Parenthood and the media, and it appears to be leaving the door open for potential grants — not that they will necessarily happen beyond the ones previously approved prior to the decision — to please both sides.

In the end, Komen’s decision to fund Planned Parenthood originally got itself in the mess it faces now.

Update 2: The American Papist no squish on life, gets it:

They released a very carefully scripted statement today which echoes what their President Nancy G. Brinker said yesterday on MSNBC. They didn’t cave, they are saying the exact same thing they’ve always been saying, just in a new way, in an effort to beg for space and a break from the incessant threat by liberal elites and attacks by the mainstream and left-wing media

Update 3: If you won’t believe me or the American Papist on Komen will you believe Jill Stank?

12:20p: The more I read Komen’s statement, the more brilliant it becomes. Planned Parenthood loses its PR edge if any of its affiliates are convicted on criminal grounds.

And with the investigations currently under way those odds increase every day.

Update 4:
The anchoress gets it on the political side but is giving into despair:

He’s much more optimistic than I am, but then again, I’m watching Moloch dance today. I know he loses in the end, but today, he feels triumphant. Komen won’t dare not to fund PP in the future, not after what they just tasted.

Unless, perhaps, the Christians have mercy, as Thomas says.

Faith Elizabeth, have FAITH!

Update 5: Captain Ed gets it:

It sounds to me like this statement was carefully crafted to underscore that policy, not reverse it, as Sargent discovered.

The Anchoress insists she is not giving into despair, I think the left is about to beclown themselves on this.

Update 6: MSNBC and CNN celebrations not withstanding a few on the left are starting to get it

Update last: AUL statement:

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that it was “unfortunate that the Komen Foundation had come under vicious attack from Planned Parenthood as part of a media-savvy campaign.”

Dr. Yoest made the following statement:

“As a breast cancer survivor, I am troubled that the Komen Foundation has come under such heavy fire for their recent decision to tighten and focus their funding guidelines. This week we have all been witness to highly partisan attacks from pro-abortion advocates and an ugly and disgraceful shakedown that highlights Planned Parenthood’s willingness to pursue a scorched-earth strategy to force compliance with their pro-abortion agenda.

“The American public has learned this week that Planned Parenthood does not actually provide front-line breast health services: Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms – a service that saved my life. Komen’s long-standing partnership with the nation’s largest abortion provider has allowed Planned Parenthood to whitewash the central fact that their core mission involves providing abortion.

“The on-going Congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood – from the same Committee investigating Solyndra – raises substantive legal questions and areas of ethical and moral concern. As AUL detailed in our ‘Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,’ attention to the abortion giant’s business practices is long overdue.

“The Committee is concerned with wise stewardship of public taxpayer monies, just as the Komen Foundation must be concerned with their investment of donor dollars. It is unfortunate that donors to the Susan G. Komen Foundation are now confused about their association with the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

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