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Volume XIX
JUST A THOUGHT 

"There may never have been a time in American history when it was more important for leaders to communicate, first and foremost, with compassion."


- Jonathan Bernstein


 
 
From the Editor

DID THE MEDIA GO TOO FAR IN PURSUIT OF CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD?

Spoiler Alert: The answer is yes.

Christine Blasey Ford has come forward with a concerning story of sexual assault, and as such is someone most humans would agree should be treated with compassion. Yet she describes the exact opposite from reporters acting on leaked information who she found peering into the windows of her home, showing up at her place of work, and even sitting down among her students in a graduate classroom.

Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Ford revealed that she only went public with her sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh after reporters began to show up at her home and place of work. Ford, both a research psychologist at Stanford University School of Medicine and a professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University, is a strong speaker, and her allegations against reporters who received leaked information about her identity is drawing powerful reactions. 

Though we are seeing members of the media stating the reporters involved went too far,
is their bad behavior really that unusual?

As someone who works with clients facing crisis situations every day, I can tell you it's not. The Society of Professional Journalists does publish a code of ethics. Unfortunately, more and more often it's falling by the wayside (or being actively thrown in a ditch and forgotten) in favor of being the first to cover a breaking story and keep the 24/7 news cycle fed. There are many ethical reporters out there still doing good work, but it's not at all unusual to encounter those who are willing to break personal and professional boundaries, ignore facts in pursuit of an attack on an innocent party, or present utterly biased hearsay as fact just to publish a juicy story. It's a problem, and one the industry itself needs to fix. Unfortunately, as long as media profits are based on clicks and ad spend instead of the quality of their reporting I'm afraid they won't have much motivation to change.

Erik Bernstein
 
 
 
 


Social Media Crisis Management Do's and Don'ts


 


Keeping Your Eye on the Ball
During a Crisis


 
 
 

Lessons from a
Troll Campaign





 
 

Recognizing the 3
Types of Crisis



 
 

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