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Redskins Hire Burson-Marsteller To Run Website Defending Team's Moniker
Published July 31, 2014
REVISIONIST HISTORY: In DC, Glenn Kessler examined RedskinsFacts.com and wrote for a website that "claims to be devoted to 'the facts,' the history section leaves out a lot of them, in particular the highly negative connotations ... that the phrase 'redskin' had acquired in the decades before the name was adopted by the football team." Instead, the website "dwells on the pre-19th century usage, and skips over the fact that one of the team’s longtime assertions -- that the name was chosen in honor of the 'Indian' coach -- now appears to be wrong." This is "one of those cases where individual assertions might have a factual basis, but so much information is left out that a false impression is left in the mind of the reader." If you are "going to have a Web site supposedly devoted to the facts, you can’t leave out the inconvenient ones" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 7/30).