One of the more tedious sidebars in the media coverage of the Gaza conflict has been the question, “Who’s winning the PR war?”
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Eric Dezenhall is the CEO of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., a crisis management firm. He is the author of eight books including Damage Control: The Essential Lessons of Crisis Management and the historical novel The Devil Himself, which is about the U.S. Navy's collaboration with organized crime syndicates during World War II.
With the Obama administration battling the controversies surrounding the IRS’s auditing of conservative groups, the Justice Department’s seizure of reporters’ phone records, and government officials’ misleading statements on the Benghazi terrorist attack, the administration’s damage-control efforts are coming under scrutiny.
In a brilliant comedy routine from the early 1980s, Eddie Murphy plays the role of a contemporary young African-American man bragging to his friends about how he would never have been a slave. He imagines a confrontation between himself and a slave master. When the slave master gives him an order, Murphy, with over-the-top bravado, tells his oppressor to go to hell (using much cruder language). But when a savage beating by the slave master’s thugs follows, a now-docile Murphy concedes that he would be happy to bale hay or do whatever his tormenters want him to do.
Ever since Richard Nixon crashed and burned during Watergate almost 40 years ago, we’ve heard the damage-control platitude that it’s the cover-up that gets you. A corollary to this is the abracadabra chestnut that if Nixon had just “fessed up” right away, he could have dodged the whole mess.
Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren can’t seem to untangle herself from the web of claims she has made about her American Indian heritage during her years as an academician and again during her campaign. An issue that may seem collateral to a race for the Senate has become the defining feature of her run.
The news whipsawed across the airwaves from Penn State this week: First there was former coach Joe Paterno’s lung cancer diagnosis, then came the university’s appointment of former FBI chief Louis Freeh to investigate the Sandusky catastrophe.