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President's Brother-In-Law's Job Saved By Economic Stimulus Check-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email
about the Coach of Oregon State's basketball team, Craig Robinson.
Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama. The email says
that Robinson's job was in jeopardy because of poor team performance
until someone from the White House showed up with a $17 million
economic stimulus check for the University.
The Truth: A spokesperson for the athletic department at
Oregon State University told TruthOrFiction.com that this is fiction and
that Craig Robinson has
been their most successful coach in men's basketball in 20 years.
He also told us that Robinson was never in danger of being fired.
Robinson is the
brother of First Lady Michelle Obama and according to a March 2, 2010
Article his contract with the the University was recently extended
to the 2015-2016 season.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: Stimulus money saves a job
According to an unnamed source, Oregon
State University Athletic Director Bob DeCarolis was considering firing
Oregon State's basketball coach, Craig Robinson, after an 8-11 start
(2-5 in the Pac10 Conference).
When word of this reached Washington, Undersecretary of Education Martha
Kanter was dispatched to Corvallis, Oregon with $17 million in stimulus
money for Oregon State University. The source now says that Craig
Robinson's job is safe for this year. For the record, Coach Robinson
just happens to be Michelle Obama's
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