Risk management is an area of business that offers a firm great savings potential when making complicated decisions. The tenets of the traditional philosophy allow consultants to bring a different kind of focus to their analysis, asking them to look for areas in which a firm might be exposed to greater risk during the course […]
Is the marriage between JayZ and Beyoncé in need of help from a crisis public relations firm, or is the mega-couple using rumors of relationship trouble as a PR stunt to fuel ticket sales for their massive world tour? Only time will tell. Whispers of cracks in the pair’s relationship first surfaced in May when […]
It may be one of the most necessary “unfair” questions ever asked in a courtroom, and it certainly has people lining up on both sides of the issue. Are drug makers responsible for the “epidemic” of prescription painkiller abuse? This situation is causing quite a Healthcare PR uproar. According to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek, […]
He took coffee, a basic common drink that everyone knows, but no one really considers news, and he made it part of the political discussion.
Juda Engelmayer of 5W Public Relations on CBS about Lance Armstrong’s Brand and Crisis. Amidst the doping scandal, Armstrong lost many of his key endorsement deals. Can his brand be rebuilt and what will it take?
Zimmerman himself likely does not have a lot of money, but there was enough money raised through public defense campaign established for him by outside groups to use for bail. Zimmerman either did not think of it as belonging to him per se, or thought it was for defense and not bail, or maybe he truly just did not even consider it. Either way, he kept quiet, and in public relations and crisis communications the one thing you cannot have happen happened to Zimmerman — his carelessness over an issue that would normally be chalked up to a minor misinterpretation of the court’s question as to his ability to post bail, became the “big lie”.
The true lesson of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, and the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, is that consequences must be considered. If God was the ultimate author of the calamities of 70 C.E., then it was God Himself who rejected following a strict interpretation of halachah in the face of impending disaster. It was He who punished His people for not allowing a more liberal interpretation of the law to hold sway long enough to avert disaster.
Sometimes, God was saying, religious authorities must set aside their aversion to compromise. When the fate of the People Israel is at stake, they must be more accepting of other views and must be more honest in admitting that their views may not be the only ones that will please God. They can hold to their views, but they must neither demonize nor delegitimate those who think differently.
The final outcome of the case will be interesting, because it speaks volumes of the fraudulent nature of the right of return. What cuts for Arabs, does not appear to cut the same for Jews. If Jews demanded their rights of property, assets and land from Arab countries that threw them out, and the United Nations and world leaders joined in the call for Justice for Jews, how lopsided would this world seem on that day? Perhaps a court can decide once and for all that Israeli Law applies for cases involving Israel and its Arab neighbors.
One thing is sure. If Blankfein were a crisis communications client of mine, I might advise him to soften his image a bit. It may have made the difference between the Times op-ed running or not. Here’s a true story that might set a different tone. In the gym where he works out, Blankfein was sitting clothed in little else than his towel reading a newspaper. Another gym rat, riled up about some financial news ran toward him ranting and yelling, “do they know who I am?” – apparently having something to do with the news he thought Blankfein was reading. The two men did not know one another, yet angry guy persisted to explain himself to Blankfein saying, “do you know who the (expletive) I am?”
This debate rocks between Israel’s left and right. Some on the right want to make it harder for non Jews and non-believing Jews to participate, and some on the left urge making Israel more inclusive; essentially, making it nothing more than the United States on the Mediterranean