Archive for July, 2008

  • For those of you who, like me, have been following the missing Caylee case, you can't help but notice that the lawyer for the mother involved keeps stating that her story is being "tried by the media and in the court of public opinion."

    But really, in a world where we now have breaking news emailed to us at all hours of the day, numerous 24/7 cable news outlets, dozens of satellite news radio stations and millions of websites dedicated to breaking stories – is there really any other court?

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  • For the past six months, not a day has passed where news about Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has not dominated the local headlines.  And, I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone, anywhere who is not familiar with the ongoing saga revolving around him and his problems.  As a public relations professional, I could write a book about how this entire episode has been an example of how NOT to handle a problem.  That said, even the best "public relations" plan wouldn't have fixed the main problem.  As a leader, the Mayor needs to acknowledge that the situation he has created — legal arguments and savvy interpretations of the "law" aside — needs to be resolved so that the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan can get back to doing what they need to do, namely working together to get the region back on track.  The only way that will happen is if Mr. Kilpatrick does what more and more people every day are pleading with him to do; step down and let everyone get back to their day jobs.  

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