- Aug 13, 2009
Berzin said:I need to quote myself here (pardon the hubris) but it seems as though one of our fellow forum members posted the magazine and a link to the article-
Here are the quotes that I was speaking of-
"Armstrong is not only "the most famous cancer survivor in the world," in the words of John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society. He is also the inspirational figure behind the most entrepreneurial foundation in cancer, a critically important health-care movement that helped win $3 billion in new funds for cancer research and prevention in Texas alone.
Here's another doozy-
While its $50.4 million in annual revenue is less than what the 97-year-old American Cancer Society raises in a month, Livestrong has been a catalyst for better cancer care and education across the globe. "It's a force to be reckoned with," says Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. Livestrong's help line, guidebooks, and website helped more than 400,000 people last year. Its social-media efforts reach about 3 million supporters. It has pioneered programs here and abroad for survivors; worked to unify the fractured cancer community; and instigated a worldwide crusade, which includes the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative, to make the world's No. 1 killer a health-care priority. "I can't think of an organization with the breadth of activity that the foundation has," says Dr. Larry Shulman, chief medical officer at the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, "and that includes the American Cancer Society."
Here is a little gem from Fabiani-
"What remains a complete mystery is why the government would devote a penny of the taxpayer's money to help Floyd Landis further his vile, cheating ambitions. And all aimed directly at Lance Armstrong, a man who earned every victory and passed every test while working for cancer survivors all over the world."
It is hard not to be impressed by Armstrong's ability to manipulate the media. You would think that the author would make SOME effort to check some of these sources for the real reason for their enthusiastic support?
I wonder if "Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor at Indiana University" was influenced at all by Armstrong's $1,500,000 donation to the University? The University even has him on their website under the title "Saluting our Best friends" Does the reporter really think Armstrong's "Best Friends" are the bet source for an unbiased viewpoint?
Does anyone think that the ACS is a unbiased source when they have multiple join lobbying projects? Livestrong has ridden ACS's coattails for years.
It is comical to see the social media trumpeted. They are referring to the Demand Media's livestrong.com. Armstrong pocketed $12 million in stock and $1,000,000 per year in cash for pimping the .org's brand.