Ted Turner – What Really Happened?

I was excited to read the story below about Ted Turner’s support for the fight against polio in Nigeria. I thought it would be a good discussion since Nigeria remains one of few countries with wild cases of polio. I was disappointed when I can back to blog on this story and saw the disclaimer. My question is: What really happened? Does anyone know?

Ted Turner: Pledges $80 million to fight polio in Nigeria
Wednesday October 27, 2010

ABUJA, Nigeria — Media mogul Ted Turner has announced that he will give $80 million to a United Nations foundation to fight childhood polio and measles in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.

Speaking in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Turner said his gift would help further reduce polio rates in Nigeria, home of 150 million people. The nation had 381 new polio infections at this time last year during an outbreak that saw the disease threaten a belt of sub-Saharan nations.
Previously, some northern Muslim religious leaders spread rumors that the vaccine would sterilize children or infect them with AIDS. Now, local foundation and others have convinced clerics the vaccine will not harm children and will prevent them from being like many of the withered-limb beggars standing on street corners throughout Nigeria.
The efforts at vaccinating the young appear to be working so far in oil-rich Nigeria. Statistics show only eight cases reported so far this year.

Turner said continuing to vaccinate Nigeria’s children would ensure their health and eradicate the disease from the country.
“Working together, I know we can finish the job on polio,” Turner said.
The money will go toward the U.N. Foundation, an organization Turner helped create. About $60 million will go toward purchasing additional vaccines for the country, U.N. Foundation President Timothy Wirth said. The remaining $20 million will go toward efforts to combat measles.

A billionaire philanthropist, Turner is most known for founding CNN in 1980. He joins Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in fighting polio in Nigeria.

STORY REMOVED: AF–People-Ted Turner
Monday, October 25, 2010; 6:32 PM
ABUJA, Nigeria — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Ted Turner pledging $80 million to a United Nations foundation to fight childhood polio and measles in Nigeria. Amy DiElsi, a Washington-based spokeswoman for the United Nations Foundation, says Ted Turner has made no such pledge

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