July 18, 2012 |
Tim Udinski was livid. Just a year after becoming the head lacrosse coach at Lansdale Catholic High School, he was out, ostensibly because of heated arguments with players and an assistant. Udinski thought the decision unfair, one the school wouldn't have considered for someone like longtime football coach Jim Algeo. So last fall he launched a scheme to prove his point, authorities say. Udinski sent anonymous emails to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, first claiming Algeo sexually solicited a player, and then accusing the new lacrosse coach, Nick Pison, of sexually assaulting students, officials said.
June 25, 2012 |
FORMER NEW ORLEANS linebacker Scott Fujita , a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some NFL players agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution. "I'm not saying the NFL is intentionally lying," Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, said in an interview with the Associated Press. "I've been willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they may have just been working with the information they've been given, even though much of that information was inaccurate and lacked credibility.
April 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK - I was on Broadway when I suddenly walked right into Center City Philadelphia. It was weird - a big banner on the stage of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre announced "PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES DELEGATES" and other signs told us we were at a 1960 presidential nominating convention. When the show started, Derek McLane's nifty set with rotating walls spun out to reveal a room in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel, which looked like the real thing from five decades back, down to the moldings.
June 7, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Dominique Strauss-Kahn formally asserted Monday he was not guilty of charges he tried to rape a hotel maid, but drama unfolded outside the Manhattan courtroom as protesters jeered the former International Monetary Fund leader and as lawyers for the housekeeper said she was eager to testify despite a "smear campaign" against her. Strauss-Kahn's attorneys offered a rival account of the May 14 encounter at his $3,000-a-night Manhattan hotel...
May 13, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier. In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public-relations firm to try to plant stories in leading news outlets criticizing Google's privacy practices. The efforts backfired when the firm approached a blogger who went public with the offer. The latest Silicon Valley drama has also evoked chatter of smear campaigns, secrecy and even Richard Nixon. It took the once-secret blogger known as Fake Steve Jobs to help sort it all out. Facebook said it had never authorized or intended to run any smear campaign against Google.
August 23, 2010
READING the numerous narrow-minded views pertaining to the building of an Islamic community center two blocks away from Ground Zero was both sickening and disheartening. The hate and fear spread by people with such views are reminiscent of the same hate and fearmongering that led to the Jewish Holocaust and the relocating of Japanese-Americans into internment camps during World War II. Because Islam is not a religion so familiar in the U.S., it's easy for many to isolate, persecute and ridicule anyone who is Muslim as being less than American.
February 28, 2008
The whisper campaign hinting at Sen. Barack Obama's supposed allegiance to radical Islam is the ugliest falsehood in the presidential race. In case you haven't heard, here's the thrust of the lies about Obama (D., Ill.): He's a Muslim sleeper agent, you see, pretending to be a Christian. If he's elected president, you see, Muslims will destroy the United States from within. Until now, the smear campaign against Obama was confined mostly to anonymous e-mail. But the rumors crawled into the daylight momentarily this week.
January 18, 2008 |
Rich Rodriguez wanted to focus on the future when he left West Virginia to coach Michigan's football team. A month later, Rodriguez was compelled to talk about the past. "There seems to be a campaign to try to smear me," Rodriguez said yesterday during a hastily scheduled conference call. "I haven't said anything until recently, when I felt I needed to defend all the false accusations. "It has just gotten ridiculous over the last couple of days. " An investigation into missing files from Rodriguez' former office revealed the academic records of West Virginia football players are secure after a newspaper report raised questions about missing paperwork.
December 7, 2006 |
The case of two former Folcroft officials charged with illegally videotaping police officers undressing in the department's locker room went to the jury yesterday after eight days of testimony. In closing arguments, defense lawyers told the jury that they may not like what happened in Folcroft, and that they may not like the defendants, but that there was no evidence to support charges of invasion of privacy, wiretapping, and tampering with public records. Prosecutors have alleged that Anthony Truscello, 69, the former borough manager, and codefendant Joseph Zito, 52, a former Folcroft Council vice president, illegally used surveillance equipment to try to discredit former Police Chief Ed Christie.
April 12, 2006 |
TATTLE yesterday talked to gossip's man of the hour, Jared Paul Stern, seeking his side of the story in his "extortion" scandal with billionaire Ron Burkle. Stern has local ties, growing up in the Rittenhouse Square area and attending the Philadelphia School before moving to Canada in 1979. He's low-key, sounding nothing like the slickster you might expect from reading about his dealings. He's smart, a graduate of Bennington College who majored in literature. He also has a sense of humor.