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[EPISODE] Wounded Charity
Author and consultant Doug White returns with his latest book, “Wounded Charity,” positing that the 2016 allegations against Wounded Warrior Project were mostly untrue and that the organization’s board failed.
Join us for a provocative and thoughtful analysis.
Tony welcomes his guest, Doug White, who is here to talk about his book, the Wounded Charity. He starts off by talking about why he wanted to write the book in the first place, and how publications like NYT may have gotten the story wrong. Doug talks about his friend who first told him about the false report. Doug and Tony talk about the various take that big journalism had in the story.
Tony brings the show back in and talks about the three night series about the Wounded Warrior project that CBS put on. Tony talks about how silence on a story is bad, because then a story goes on without you. The second that Doug watched the special, he knew that they got parts of the story completely wrong. Doug talks about the footnotes in his books, and how he goes about having an anonymous quote. Doug moves on to talk about how and when the Wounded Warrior Project started. Doug talks about the founders and how they got to do what they’re doing today. He continues about the connection the charity had with Bill O’Reilly, and talking about how O’Rielly claimed we needed a “change of culture.” Tony brings up a man named Richard Jones, who was someone who wanted to be on the board of the Wounded Warrior and ran into some problems along the way.
Doug comes back in and talks about people who evaluate charities. He continues to talk about why people are attracted to charities in the first place and that people will go for things that they care about. Because of this, it becomes very hard to evaluate charities. Doug talks about the people who created the myth that Wounded Warrior was doing poorly. He continues to talk about how badly people judges charities and come back to Richard Jones.
Doug begins again to talk about Richard Jones and how things got so hazy. Doug talks about how influential Richard was and how he got to be a board member. Doug continues about how the crisis could have possibly been invented and that Richard was so positive about the charity, and then all of a sudden the CBS report got so negative. Tony talks about what the board did and what they should’ve done. Doug talks about how the crisis truly was manufactured and the mystery of a “board” of people.