Monday, January 09, 2006

Belafonte Diatribe Shaking Up UNICEF

An anonymous source tells me that since Harry Belafonte's ill-considered and ignorant diatribe against President Bush, UNICEF's public relations people are frantic. Belafonte has been an official UNICEF goodwill ambassador for many years.

The source says that this time Belafonte's foot-in-mouth disease is viewed with much more consternation because he was stupid enough to make the statements while on foreign soil (Venezuela). UNICEF's communications people are trying to assess the damage that Belafonte may have done to their carefully crafted public image, and there have been calls to strip Belafonte of his ambassadorship.

It's too early to tell whether the mainstream media will give this any play, but members of the MSM are privy to the same source.