imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Don't panic! (The Guardian)

by + Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 12:34 PM

"The power of public opinion in war gives governments the moral authority to go ahead and carry out acts that could be seen as atrocious." "It is now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury" so said a Labour Party 'spin doctor' on using a really big news stories, like S11, to provide cover for a press release you hope no one will notice. Some thought this practice to be questionable.

Don't panic!

Monday October 15, 2001

The Guardian

There could be no starker wake-up call to spin doctors the world

over than Labour adviser Jo Moore standing accused of

attempting to bury bad news "under 6,500 bodies" by the relative

of a twin towers victim: it's not business as usual when there is

a war on. Moore's crude September 11 email ("It is now a very

good day to get out anything we want to bury") provoked outrage

among the public, politicians and the public relations industry.

Her tactics fuelled the image of PR advisers as insensitive,

manipulative charlatans and led to intense media scrutiny of

transport secretary Stephen Byers' PR dealings that, in turn,

uncovered more damaging stories. But the debacle raises the

question of how media relations should be handled in these

emotionally charged times.

While only the most naive would be shocked that political

advisers and corporate press offices manipulate news

distribution, Moore revealed a level of unthinking cynicism

hitherto unimagined by the vast majority of people. If the validity

of trying to "bury" news is questionable, in times of crisis it

becomes even more dubious, according to Charles

Stewart-Smith, a partner at communications consultancy Luther

Pendragon.

"Moore's advice is crass and insensitive and, ultimately, the

wrong advice. Using events to bury news will be found out at a

later date when it will appear even more crass and insensitive,"

says Stewart-Smith, who was editor of ITN's News at Ten during

the Gulf war.

British Airways is among the companies accused of using

September 11 as an excuse for poor performance reports and to

justify job cuts. But as the impact of the war and economic

recession spreads from the airlines to other industries, the

markets may not be so forgiving.

But with the world facing a lengthy war, there will be a desire,

from the press and the public, to return the news agenda to

something nearer normality.

Colin Byrne, chief executive of PR consultancy Weber

Shandwick Worldwide, is a former deputy PR director at

Millbank and continues to advise Labour in a personal capacity.

He sounds a note of caution: "There must be an acceptance

that in times of war, particularly in a long drawn out affair, people

still have other concerns, such as their jobs and their

investments. But there is a great need to balance 'business as

usual' with respect for what's happening at home and abroad.

There is a continuing need for sensitive language, right down to

metaphors and slang. Things that sound natural as they roll off

the tongue don't always look great in cold print," he says.

And for the ultimate in careful presentation and image

management during the war, look no further than Tony Blair.

"The tone and message of leaders is absolutely imperative. Tony

Blair looks and sounds very statesmanlike - gone are the casual

clothes in favour of regal purple ties. He looks very troubled and

stares into the middle distance, which means other leaders end

up looking at him. The power of that imagery in war is

incredible," says John Mahony, chief executive of Edelman

London, who has managed the reputation of countries and

political leaders during conflicts.

And control of the 24-hour news agenda is crucial, according to

Mahony: "The power of public opinion in war gives governments

the moral authority to go ahead and carry out acts that could be

seen as atrocious."

Margaret Thatcher's long-term advisor, Lord (Tim) Bell, who

helped nurture her Iron Lady image during the Falklands war,

argues that 24-hour news has created a sea-change in

communications: "Twenty-four-hour news has seen politicians

cynically exploit the war and use it as an opportunity to build

their reputations, and the media is assessing it on that basis.

The day after the World Trade Centre attacks, the media

assessed how Bush was dealing with it in terms of his image.

"And the more communications advisers there are in senior

positions - like Alastair Campbell in the war cabinet - the more it

means it's no surprise that we are seeing more

communications," he observes.

He is cynical about the responses from some companies in the

wake of the US terrorist attacks, but says some feel "forced by

political correctness" to issue over-sentimental statements.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Celebrates 25 Years with the House of Hope Gala S24 7:10PM

Against the Rent Madness and For a Nonprofit Orientation! S24 11:56AM

Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme S24 6:35AM

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy