Archive for April 22nd, 2010

Promo for Linda McMahon Story in Sunday’s Hearst Newspapers Promises a Bunch of Nothing

“Hearst readies McMahon, WWE Sunday package …” reads the headline at Connecticut Capitol Report.

The promo in the Greenwich Time promises to go “inside the McMahons’ world of sports entertainment, attending a recent SmackDown event for an up-close look at the theatrics and what some say is a culture of sex, performance-enhancing drugs and violence. And we find out how wrestling die-hards feel about one of the WWE’s founders running for office.”

Pardon my bad manners, but that sounds to me like another concatenated cliché – not the Linda McMahon campaign story that needs to be told as of April 25, 2010.

We’ve already heard plenty from the “die-hards.” What the people of the Nutmeg State need to have thrust in their faces is more information on the “dies.”

Of course, I hope I’m wrong and I’ll be reading Sunday with great interest.

Irv Muchnick

I Ask U.S. Attorney in Pennsylvania About Linda McMahon Steroid Doc Tip Report; No Response

[by fax April 20, 2010]

Mr. Dennis C. Pfannenschmidt
United States Attorney
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Dear Mr. Pfannenschmidt:

This is a request for comment on media reports suggesting that there was either an inadvertent mistake or misconduct by your predecessor in 1989. (I am an author, journalist, and blogger; see below for my contact information and links to my work.)

Earlier this month The Day of New London, Connecticut, reported on the involvement of U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s former company (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment) in two federal criminal investigations of steroid abuse in professional wrestling. The first of those cases, prosecuted by your office, resulted in the conviction at trial of Dr. George Zahorian.

Attached for your reference are the two published accounts in The Day, as well as a facsimile of the December 1, 1989, internal company memorandum by Ms. McMahon referenced in those reports.

According to The Day, Ms. McMahon and WWE cite James J. West, U.S. Attorney at the time, as the source of a tip to them of the investigation of Dr. Zahorian. In the newspaper story, Mr. West denied this, though without detail or addressing the obvious follow-up questions flowing from that denial.

In an email earlier today, I solicited further discussion of the 1989 events. Mr. West responded, “I am not commenting on something that happened 20 years ago.”

That is the background of this request. Unless resolved, the issue of Mr. West’s alleged tip calls into question the integrity of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (and no doubt has legal ramifications as well).

I will take the liberty of following up by phone tomorrow.

Irvin Muchnick


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