"The Truth About Patty": analysis-update
for those who are interested in the Patty Schnyder story, some analysis of latest developments -
Patty Schnyder's performance in the last Australian Open was a big victory for her 35-year old German husband Rainer Hofmann and a step forward for him in his "societal ambitions", however it also was a victory that was coming at a certain price. Because for the first time since Hofmann's "reign" began, some of the major media outlets mentioned Hofmann and his criminal background in their write-ups following the quarterfinal match of Patty defeating Lisa Raymond. Although the dis-informational smoke-screen of the now five-year-old "Harnecker affair" still had the lead billing in all articles about Patty, last week was the first time that any major English language newspaper made note of the rise of Rainer Hofmann and his dominant, mysterious, yet almost wholely ignored role in Patty Schnyder's story during the last five years.
Hofmann's propaganda machine seems to be operating smoothly at the moment. The Swiss "Blick" tabloid is supporting him as always as a "mythical" figure, he is in a state of "detente" with Tages-Anzeiger, and he has hired a well known Eurosport commentator to manage media relations and write for his patty-schnyder.ch website. With Patty's tennis fortunes on a high and positive fan interest and money flowing in, it is looking like a "sweetheart deal" for all invloved. Traffic is also up at the English language patty-schnyder.com site, and while the operators of that site could not really be accused of creating open propaganda for Rainer Hofmann, they are however being careful to leave out any news items from their archives, whether Swiss or international, which are containing any mention about Rainer Hofmann's criminal or prior marriage history. On the other hand several blatantly irrelevant articles about Patty Schnyder's pre-Hofmann personal life dating from 1999, relating back to the "Harnecker affair", are conspiciously included in the patty-schnyder.com archive, serving dis-information purposes. It's not really propaganda but the schnyder.com admins clearly have their biass in favor of the official Rainer Hofmann line of "Rainer and Patty are so happy together and everything is wonderful" etc, in order to deflect the asking of uncomfortable questions.
Patty Schnyder has now shown that she can, at least in short-term, play her tennis quite well with a man (whom I and some other informed observers strongly believe) is a spectacularly corrupt, egomaniacal, psychopathic liar, in control of her career and life. But regarrdless of what happens on the tennis court, the larger story of Patty Schnyder, Rainer Hofmann, and associated characters is a story that could transcend the sport of tennis, a disturbing and scarcely believable story of real-life psychological abduction, with an as-yet un-determined conclusion, that is potentially far bigger and immortal than any Grand Slam title.