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This week, Bloomberg News has published two lengthy pieces about the government relations program of the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC), which is comprised of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), and The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC). The initial Bloomberg piece generated a great deal of other media attention this week.
Over the last few months a number of interfraternal leaders were contacted by Bloomberg News seeking interviews about the FGRC and the FSPAC and our work together in Washington.
We asked our lead lobbyist in Washington, Kevin O’Neill of Patton Boggs, to be the FGRC spokesperson with Bloomberg. Kevin spoke with the Bloomberg reporter five times over two days in May and June for a total of total of approximately 90 minutes.
We all know that media coverage of fraternities often relies on use of sensationalist narratives and clichés because a balanced examination of the issues requires more work for the reporter. We think the Bloomberg News articles this week were slanted and unfair, especially the article regarding the FGRC’s role in potential for federal hazing legislation. Rather than let the facts dictate the story, the Bloomberg reporter had a slant and omitted all facts that ran contrary to that viewpoint.
We write today to provide you with a more complete summary of our conversations with the Bloomberg reporter because they better demonstrate what we are doing in Washington. Clicking the headline link above will provide you with a summary of our concerns with the Bloomberg articles and offer you a sampling of some of the material we provided to the reporter that was omitted from the stories.
We are rightly proud of the FGRC’s efforts to be the voice for the policy needs of our students and alumni/alumnae members. Our voice is making a difference and being attacked in print like this is actually a particularly acute sign of our relevance in policy debates.
As needed, we would be happy to discuss our work in Washington in greater detail with the leaders of your organizations.
Cindy Stellhorn, President
Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee
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