Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune ran a very nice story about Thomas Peterson, Drew Peterson‘s 18-year-old son being named as valedictorian of his high school, despite the death of his mother, the disappearance of his adoptive mother, and his father being charged with the murder of his mom.
Uplifting and balanced as the Tribune story about Tom Peterson is, I can’t help going back to the fact that Joel and Drew’s PR firm sent out a press release about Tom being valedictorian, and I can’t get beyond the fact that Joel not only used the press release to market himself and his web site, but also to attack the the prosecution’s case, and as it also appears, to try to gain some ground towards getting Tom’s name off the civil suit the Savios have filed against Drew.
If you recall, the Savio’s lawyer, Martin Glink, has commented about that case:
“He’s basically saying, ‘I’m letting my father go regardless of what a jury may find,’ even if his moneys have been misspent,” But filing a release is not enough to make it happen, Glink said. “If someone is unduly influencing him, it’s a different story,” he explained.
So…maybe not too surprising that Joel Brodsky made a point of commenting about the Tribune story (via his facebook walll) with these words:
…He supports his dad Drew Peterson 1000% and as this article shows, Tommy is his own man, and nobody is pulling the wool over his eyes or making him do or say anything.
That’s really what this is all about, isn’t it? Continuing to use whatever means he can to benefit Drew, even the successes of Drew’s children. Why does Drew’s lawyer have any public opinion at all about the accomplishments of his client’s children? Does he host their birthday parties as well?
For heaven’s sake, Joel wants the public to believe that no one is manipulating this teenager, but it wasn’t Tom who sent out the press release, it was Joel Brodsky! His name is plastered all over it.
Lastly, watch the video again and listen for Tom to use Joel’s pet phrase “white noise”. At least Tom uses it correctly… :)