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Kerri Johnson Colluded with UCLA's Chief Crisis Manager to DOUBLE DOWN on her lies

Keep Professor Fink at UCLA
Pacific Palisades, CA, United States

May 20, 2017 — Kerri Johnson appears to think that the True Bruin value of Integrity doesn't apply to her.

Earlier this month, investigative journalists discovered that Communication Studies Chair Kerri Johnson was caught lying about her enrollment cap restrictions on Professor Fink's highly-popular courses. Over the past six months she repeatedly insisted that a cap of 200 students was consistent with the prior year's cap, and thus, no changes had made. The media soon discovered that Kerri Johnson was lying this entire time: the prior year's cap for Professor Fink's courses was 250 students.

When the media confronted Johnson about her lies, Johnson opted not to apologize but instead hide and remain silent, perhaps hoping the issue would go away.

Presumably after realizing that the issue would not go away, Johnson had to enlist the help of UCLA's media department to cover for her (you know something's gone wrong when the leader of the COMMUNICATION STUDIES Department has to reach out to seek expert media advice). But instead of reaching out to the media contact for her division, she went straight to Tod Tamberg, UCLA's Director of Strategic Communications for help. "Strategic Communications" is essentially doublespeak for "Crisis Management."

Tamberg, speaking on behalf of Kerri Johnson, issued a statement to the media stating that “with only one teaching assistant in a class of 200 students, expanding class size was not possible.” Rather than setting the record straight with some word wizardry to make this look like an accident, Tamberg CONTINUED to perpetuate Kerri's lies!

As the Rival correctly points out, "how was it possible to have 250 students with one TA last year but only 200 students this year?"

Kerri Johnson is clearly so dead-set on eradicating Fink from her department that she would rather collude with a crisis management expert to DOUBLE DOWN on her lies than conduct herself with integrity and issue a simple apology. SAD!


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