“Do do that voodoo that you do so well” – Cole Porter
In New Orleans, Lionel Sutton, Christine Reitano and the Andry/Lerner firm were offered up to BP and the media gods and subsequently torched by the press and the public.
In State College, Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were offered up to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the media gods and subsequently torched by the press and the public.
Was Louis Freeh really brought into the picture in both instances to actually conduct an unbiased investigation, or was it to provide his own brand of corporate voodoo for the client?
His mandate was supposed to root out all instances of wrongdoing. However, in both reports, he’s ignored main characters, left out exculpatory evidence, inserted bias and conjecture, while plying his Hoodoo to the press. Freeh simply practiced Voodoo from a posher zip code, working himself into an ever-expanding multimillion-dollar payout in both the BP and Penn State cases. BP and the Penn State board of trustees got exactly what they wanted.
However, as with any magic with no hard science behind it, Freeh is now embroiled in defamation lawsuits brought on by both Reitano and Spanier as a result of his corporate voodoo. The media likes to talk about “culture” that enables, but what type of “culture” enables the hoodoo of Louis Freeh?
How do you do that voodoo that you do?