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FROM THE EDITOR
I have to admit, I have a guilty pleasure. In between reading regular news stories, I can't help scrolling down to the "Entertainment" section of Google and spending a few minutes checking out the latest from the wacky world of celebrity.
Recently, young Angus T. Jones, who plays Jake Harper on the show "Two and a Half Men," has been making headlines for blasting the show on which he is still employed at a rate of some $300,000 per episode. A religious awakening led Jones to plead with fans to stop watching the show that is full of, in his own words, "filth."
This raises some interesting crisis management questions for the show's producers. Do they leave Jake in the script now that the actor behind him is publicly and vocally opposed? Is there a need to speak out? Will people even take Jones seriously when he's raked in millions of dollars as a result of his work on the show?
Because this is TV, I expect the final decisions will be determined by how the ratings pan out over the coming months. Keep an eye on this situation, because it's definitely not over yet.
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(As we went to press, Jones issued an apology that certainly reads like it had both legal and crisis management counsel involved.)
By Erik Bernstein
Crises make headlines every day, and in our blog posts we help you learn from others' mistakes so you don't have to learn from as many of your own.
Here's a look at some recent posts from both the Bernstein Crisis Management blog and our Crisis Management blog over at Carter McNamara's Free Management Library.
A guest post from PR pro Brian Adams, Calvin and Hobbes on...Crisis Communication, applies some choice quotes from the infamous boy/tiger duo to all aspects of crisis communications.
Your crisis management posture can be immediately strengthened by accepting one fact - Nothing is Invulnerable. Regardless of your organization, there is a long list of crises that could throw your operations into chaos at any given moment. Once you realize that yes, crises really can happen, then you can move on with the work required to mitigate their impact.
It's pretty well accepted that when you mess up, you have to apologize. However, there are those rare times When Apologizing isn't the Best Crisis Management. Take Lance Armstrong, for example. If he speaks out, he risks losing a fortune and possibly heading to jail, while all remaining silent costs him is his reputation.
In yet another example of careless errors creating crises, Dow's Premature Release Crisis examines the potentially reputation-damaging situation that arose after news of layoffs from the chemical company was accidentally sent to the press several days early.
While Twitter plays communications host to breaking crises nearly every day, Twitter's Own Crisis Management isn't quite up to par. A recent email to users regarding a security breach was missing an essential ingredient from what BCM president Jonathan Bernstein calls "The Five Tenets of Crisis Communications."
Toyota Recall Crisis Redux covers yet another in the lengthy string of recalls for the automaker. With no end in sight and very little communication from the company, how many more drivers will be put in harm's way because of Toyota's reluctance to fix issues as soon as they're discovered, and how long until consumers in the U.S. lose faith altogether?
Yahoo! Tackles Crisis Management is an example of a crisis management email done right. Compare it to Twitter's recent email and you'll see a world of difference in tone and compassion that surely helped to smooth the raised hackles of angry Fantasy Football users after their favorite service crashed on game day.
All eyes were on New York and its mayor as they faced down a massive storm, and now that the worst is over, we feel we can confidently give High Marks for Bloomberg on Sandy Crisis Management. Combining practice and experience with hard work and strong communication, Mayor Bloomberg helped guide his city through the biggest crisis he's faced in office.
Erik Bernstein is a freelance writer, editor of Crisis Manager, and Social Media Manager for Bernstein Crisis Management
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