Friday, January 18, 2013

Slate: Lance Armstrong admits to the cheating but not the intimidation

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2013/01/lance_armstrong_s_oprah_interview_his_threats_and_bullying_are_the_real.html
That seems to be the game plan Armstrong brought to this interview. Downplay your power over others. Deny issuing explicit orders to dope. Convert any such story into a matter of setting a poor example. Take responsibility for yourself, but suggest that others—those who claim you pressured them—must do the same. Recast your threats, retributions, and demands for silence as products of a hard life. Reduce your sins of coercion to a sin of deceit. When Winfrey asked Armstrong “what made you a bully,” he answered: “Just trying to perpetuate the story and hide the truth.”

That’s Armstrong’s message: Everything he did, no matter how domineering, menacing, or manipulative, was a desperate effort to protect a single lie. “I tried to control the narrative,” he says. And he’s still trying to control the narrative. Which is a good reason not to believe it.

Since Lance Armstrong's case might be one of those milestones of a generation where athletic achievement and legacy predicated on cheating is concerned, and because Wenatchee The Hatchet is feeling a teensy bit lazy today, we'll just link to this old post about the legacy of a jerk and why jerks are precisely the sorts of people who can occasionally build legacies people want to get behind.

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