What a great way to end a lousy week at the AJC. Saturday’s AJC piece about Grady interim CEO Pam Stephenson was Exhibit A in why this newspaper is worth saving, and why it’s still the most relevant news outlet in town.
The article by Heather Vogell hilariously chronicled Stephenson’s evasions against mounting evidence that she’d puffed / falsified her education. When she was unable to provide documentation of her curriculum vitae, she instead issued a statement moaning about “daily harassment” by the AJC. It reeked of a scoundrel caught in the act.
The details are remarkable. Stephenson claims two law degrees and a PhD. The newspaper found evidence only of a single Masters degree. Stephenson blamed some of the discrepancy on a “word processing error” caused by Grady’s PR staff. The hospital’s PR crew has got to top the list of those who can’t wait to see her leave.
We’re amazed at the schadenfreude shown among a small handful of LAF readers rooting for the demise of this newspaper. If it weren’t for the AJC, Stephenson’s absurd $600,000 buyout might still be secret. Its expose of the possible falsification of her resume may be grounds to nullify her contract and save a nice handful of public money.