The Washington City Paper has an interesting little piece out today about how columnist Harry Jaffe may have ghostwritten Rhee’s new memoir. The evidence for Jaffe’s involvement seems pretty solid:
“Jaffe definitely worked on Radical to some extent. Examiner editor Stephen G. Smith, whose paper runs Jaffe’s column, says Jaffe told editors that he was working on the book. At the end of her memoir, Rhee thanks him for his help, writing, “Harry Jaffe’s writing guidance was essential.”
A more revealing disclosure comes at the end of a story Jaffe wrote for Washingtonian about DCPS in October. The disclosure reads: ‘Harry Jaffe is collaborating on a memoir with former DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee.’”
This is interesting, because StudentsFirst staff told edu-blogger Alexander Russo that Rhee wrote the book herself.
What’s been the StudentsFirst reaction to the conflict between these two versions of reality? So far, it seems like they are taking a page from the DC cheating scandal playbook, when Rhee dodged interviews with anyone who dared to ask her anything but softball questions.