March 18, 2011

Exclusive: Mayor Whistleblower Disagrees With AAVC's Defense

[Boulder]
Victoria Balfour '77, who first broke the story that mayor Susan Osborne had lied about graduating from Vassar, posted exclusively on Mads a letter that she sent to the AAVC disagreeing with its defense of Osborne:

"Pat-
The point of the Susan Osborne story is that she has deceived the public and lied on her government web page and a number of other places by stating that she has a BA from Vassar. This has nothing to do with whether Vassar considers her an alum once her class graduated. It's about lying to the public.

And as a journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and who has caught famous people doing this sort of thing before - including a singer who claimed he had been nominated for a Pulitzer- you and Vassar are are sending the wrong message by not condoning Osborne's false statements.

Sorry- a public official who has lied about her educational credentials is not an alumna in good standing. I have heard from a large number of actual Vassar grads and faculty- as well as hundreds of strangers from around the country- thanking me for pointing out the hypocrisy and their disgust with Osborne.

Vassar would do well to make a statement expressing their disappointment in Osborne's false statement. Vassar grads and current students should know about not just the accomplishments that Vassar alums achieve, but their problems and mistakes.

Lying on your resume is not something you want future Vassar grads to be caught doing in the future.

- Victoria Balfour' 77"

2 comments:

Victoria Balfour said...

Correction: the last sentence in the second paragraph should read: "you and Vassar are are sending the wrong message by condoning Osborne's false statements."

judylou said...

"And as a journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and who has caught famous people doing this sort of thing before - including a singer who claimed he had been nominated for a Pulitzer- you and Vassar are are sending the wrong message by not condoning Osborne's false statements."

As a journalist who has written for the New York Times, you should have learned to avoid dangling modifiers.