Gallen’s C-tweet baits NRL’s C-suite

First up, I have empathy for those with depression or self-medication issues. But in terms of PR, media reports and reputation management, there’s often not much room for such understanding. That’s why Paul Gallen’s tweet – offensively deriding his defacto NRL employers/governors as female genitalia – is defined as a PR gaffe, any pre-existing issues or circumstances aside.

For a privileged sports role model (with some bad PR ‘form’ re performance supplement use in particular) to fail to accept accountability for the consequences of his wrongs (harder – yet more telling – than just issuing an easy, media mea culpa) puts the gall in ‘Gallen’. Paul may now claim his use of the C-word (below) is innocuous. (Ladies, mums, sisters, daughters; your views on that one?)

This PR disaster is only compounded when the NRL stipulates that this great athlete – yet PR putz – needs to complete a leadership course as part of his rehabilitation.                         A followership, humility and emotional awareness course might better address some of the issues fuelling Paul’s PR disaster, and fuelling the original drivers that led to it.

Still with empathy and chapeau to SydMornHerald for quip-grabs, G.

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Retailer and manufacturer ‘creamed’ over fascist coffee condiment

Hitler creamerI haven’t posted on PR Disasters for a while; the usual cavalcade of drunken debauchery, emotional immaturity, ill-judged utterances, policy backflips and PR nightmares leave me with a grey ennui. BUT THEN…a story pops up that’s kinda one out of the box. It appears that a Swiss retailer is doing a PR retreat after stocking coffee creamers featuring the faces of famous facists – the rest is, as they say, history…

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Re the Prime Minister’s “wink”

Our PR experience suggests you can pretty much coach and train an intelligent person in media performance skills in around three or four sessions.
However, you cannot instill – far less embed – impeachable character and interpersonal maturity in an “unreconstructed personality”, without also addressing the candidate’s emotional intelligence and self-awareness. And that calls for a much deeper investment of effort.

Tony Abbott wink (H/t to SBS for pic)

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Heavyweight Aussie executives brawl in street

Media coverage of a brawl and PR squall

Media coverage of a brawl and PR squall

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Australian PR experts’ summation of Flight MH370′s disaster response

CRISIS CRITIQUES BEREFT OF UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY                 In modern crisis or emergency events, it’s clear that Public Relations pundits and the public display little patience with, or respect for, any organisation’s efforts to respond to their incident. Diligence in fact finding and verification goes against the knee-jerk criticism… Continue reading

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Max Clifford’s personal PR disaster

The UK’s highest profile PR publicist has become the first person to be convicted under the Operation Yewtree investigation, Scotland Yard’s inquiry into historic allegations of sexual offences by British media bigwigs including the late DJ Jimmy Saville. After jury deliberations, the publicity practitioner was found guilty of eight indecent assaults on teenage girls from the late 1970′s to mid 1980′s. Facing a possible jail term, the PR puppeteer also indulged in a bizarre form of media mis-management by mimicking the actions of a SkyNews reporter, summarising the proceedings outside court. Inappropriate. Unseemly. (Hat-tip Sky for screenshot)

 

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PR disaster after #MyNYPD invite solicits negativity

Sometimes, running a hashtag competition#MyNYPD is ill-thought-through and just asking for trouble – check this item for proof.

 

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Ministerial advice, lobbying and industry ethics sullied in food ratings fiasco

Health Food Rating Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When almost two years of planning goes into a joint food health initiative and the corresponding public information website gets ORDERED off air ON THE SAME DAY IT GOES LIVE one might expect evidence of stakeholder dissonance.

I caught up with a gripping analysis of the Fiona Nash, AFGC and Alastair Furnival furore courtesy of the Background Briefing team of Anna Whitfield and Ann Arnold at ABC – great case analysis. HT SMH for screengrab.

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