posted on September 19, 2012 16:35
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp made one mistake.
When the News and Observer first asked him for Matt Kupec and Tami Hansbrough’s travel records, Chancellor Thorp said, I’ll get back with you. When he got back with them a week later he told them Kupec and Hansbrough had taken the trips together at the University’s expense – then announced Kupec had resigned.
By then Thorp almost certainly knew the records also showed he’d taken trips with Kupec and Hansbrough but he didn’t mention that – or give the records to News and Observer.
A few days later Tami Hansbrough resigned.
Then, suddenly, Holden Thorp resigned too.
Which seemed odd – until the next morning when the News and Observer published the travel records beneath a headline: “Chancellor Thorp flew with former UNC fundraisers.”
It’s an old story. Rather than telling the press an unpleasant fact Chancellor Thorp told the News and Observer part of the truth – and put himself squarely behind the eight ball.