Faster than a gymnast does a back flip, the Susan G. Komen Foundation performed its own version of the flip by denying grant funds to Planned Parenthood and then reversing its decision. In the process, Komen got a well-deserved black eye and destroyed whatever credibility it had. Where is the principled Nancy Brinker, CEO of Komen, who was appalled that one would think its decision not to fund Planned Parenthood was political? No, insisted Nancy, it was all about decisions made to serve the most women with the greatest impact, to eliminate the Planned Parenthood middle man and fund agencies that actually did mammograms, to exercise the greatest care with its donors’ gifts.
The cynical part of me wonders if it wasn’t all a stunt, since both organizations profited handsomely over the past few days, raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This morning’s statement by Brinker explaining the reversal was a joke. Brinker has succeeded in coining a new term. From hence forward, a colossal flip-flop will be known as the Komen flip.