Throwing basketballs is wrong and will get you fired – but blaming America for the Boston bombings is acceptable. That is what can be learned if one reviews recent behaviors.
Recently, Rutgers University hired a major PR Agency, Hill+Knowlton as the result of the release of a leaked video showing Rutgers’ basketball coach Mike Rice shoving, kicking, and berating his players with inappropriate slurs. Rice was fired as New Jersey’s Governor called the coach an “animal” as he criticized the university’s handling of evidence of the coach’s problems dating back way before the video surfaced. Clearly Rice was out of line and was rightfully fired.
Contrast that with a Princeton University professor Richard Falk, who has
previously claimed 9/11 was an American conspiracy and that the Ayatollah Khomeini is a freedom-loving friend of America. This week, Falk wrote an article blaming America and Israel for the Boston bombings saying that collectively America created the atmosphere for hatred and brought the bombing on ourselves. And unlike Rutgers, from Princeton and politicians there is a deafening silence in response to Falk. Falk’s profile is intact on the Princeton University website, replete with his fancy-sounding title which informs the public that he is “Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University.”
Falk explained in his article how “…the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen,” and in referring to the Boston victims asked “How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?”
An Ivy League professor is telling Boston’s victims that they got what they deserved and America and Israel are to blame is being allowed to continue representing one of the finest American educational institutions. Just keep the basketballs away from him and make sure he doesn’t kick anyone. That would be awful.
Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR, a NY PR firm.