Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics, and Life
Lanny J. Davis
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
TELL IT ALL, TELL IT EARLY, TELL IT YOURSELF
Nobody ever calls Lanny Davis to give him good news. As a legal crisis manager, he’s the man public figures such as Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, U.S. representative Charlie Rangel, and companies such as Whole Foods, among many others, rely on to pull them through public scandal with their reputations intact.
Winning your case in a courtroom instead of the media is no longer a viable option. These days, every scandal is tried in the court of public opinion. Refusing to dignify allegations with an answer is grounds for flagellation by the press. Political insider Davis has spent years helping politicians, sports figures, business executives, and corporations through the biggest reputation crises of our times, and each case has aided him in the creation of five invaluable rules that absolutely anyone can use to protect himself from damaging hearsay— online and off.
In this fascinating and practical resource, Davis tells the real stories behind his famous clients’ very public scandals as he explains what he and his team did right, what they did wrong, and how they learned from their mistakes and successes. As impossible as it is to believe, many public relations experts still rely on the faulty Nixon model—deny, deny, deny. This tactic was detrimental not only to Nixon’s presidency but, for example, to Exxon and BP (not Davis’s clients) following major oil spills. Instead, Davis believes, it is important to tell the full story yourself, even if it means sharing unflattering details before they leak on their own. By getting ahead of the story, you have more control over how the information is reported and perceived in the media.
Damaging falsehoods can go viral in an instant, but the nation’s premier political spin doctor will teach you how to fight back.
I think Mr. Davis is one of the few fairly honest people in the Democratic Spin Machine. But he gives gratuitous advice to republicans and takes credit for democrat crisis successes without identifying or acknowledging the big advantage he has because the press is biased in his party's favor. Many of his "tricks" would not have worked had he been preaching to a group where most are predisposed to let his folks off with spun facts. I don't think this is unique to him but if he did exactly the same things for a republican, the results would be much different.
It is also sad to see such cynicism in our American political operatives. The huge staffs of lawyers and political consultants he acknowledges are part of the main white house staffing is disgusting - for ant party. No wonder we have such a lousy government - our politicians worry more about themselves than the country.
And by the way Mr. D, failure for charges to be filed is not proof of innocence - only an American lawyer would think so. Lawyers, who are over-represented in government are the scourge of the USA!
Interesting stories about real events from a guy who was front and center for some of the biggest crisis in our recent history.