Archive for August, 2013

Orange County Register: ‘USA Swimming works to contain sex-abuse scandals’

Published August 31st, 2013, Uncategorized

The Register “obtains” the internal swimming document first reported on and published in full here 29 days ago. The bulk of the newspaper’s big-foot journalism is behind a paywall at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/swimming-523594-sexual-memo.html. Below, we reprint our August 2 article and link. =============== EXCLUSIVE: Internal USA Swimming Memo Exposes Plan for New PR Strategy to Combat Negative ‘Perceptions’ of Safe […]

Two Reactions to USA Swimming Chief Chuck Wielgus’ ‘We Called Congress, They Didn’t Call Us’ Blarney

Published August 31st, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   From the mother of a swimming sexual abuse victim: “Ask good ol” Chucky if he would invite parents and swimmers, currently involved in arbitration, or past parents and swimmers who have participated with Big Swim, to meet with Congressman Miller so that the meeting is truly impartial, instructive, and beneficial.  Ask […]

Forget the NFL’s Dud of a Settlement — The Story Is the Slow Death of Public Football

Published August 30th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick   Yesterday a mediator announced a $765 million settlement in a lawsuit against the National Football League by 4,000 retired players. There’s a lot of good coverage out there, including by Alan Schwarz of The New York Times, who deserves full credit as the granddaddy of this subject in mainstream media. Today […]

For Congressman George Miller and Everyone: A New Weekly Roundup of USA Swimming Sex Abuse Items

Published August 30th, 2013, Uncategorized

by Irvin Muchnick and Tim Joyce   As the USA Swimming coach sexual abuse and cover-up scandal goes to Capitol Hill, we introduce a new weekly roundup column every Friday. Like all other formats in this medium, it is subject to change as events dictate. We will continue to highlight immediately any new developments bearing […]

USA Swimming Chief and ‘Personal Blogger’ Chuck Wielgus Assures One and All That the Congressional Investigation of His Organization Ain’t No Big Thing

Published August 30th, 2013, Uncategorized

Doubling down in defensiveness like the National Rifle Association, the beleaguered CEO of USA Swimming, Chuck Wielgus,  blogs today about yesterday’s meeting among swimming and Olympic officials and House Committee on Education and the Workforce staffers of Congressman George Miller of California. The Wielgus blog was created at the suggestion of swimming’s public relations “partner,” […]