Today’s New York Times has a story about how L. Lin Wood, the lawyer hired by Herman Cain has warned any other women who might be considering coming forward with similar allegations “should think twice.”
That was nice of him.
The article goes on to say that Mr. Wood’s services included not only legal representation, but also a research team, and that it had hired another crisis management public relations expert.
What I think most people here understand now is that crisis public relations for right wing Republican politicians (and corporations) is NOT the same as it is for left wing Democratic politicians and left leaning corporations.
The strategy is not only not to back down, but to go on the attack. Unless they are going to use the crying, “I found Jesus” tactic. The preferred method is to attack the accusers and anyone connected to the accusers.
Corporations do this too, remember the old Johnson and Johnson Tylenol poisoning strategy taught in PR classes? Nobody does that anymore. The new model is the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Destroy the credibility of opposing experts, hire your own experts and then–drag it out until everyone dies.
What you will see as the Cain/Wood strategy unfolds are damning, “facts” about accusers which the MSM will run because they are “facts” The right wing media will add “color” to the “facts”. One of the reasons that this method works is that nobody goes after the MSM or the right wing media after the attack is carried out. There are never any consequences for publications for running knowingly false information. The MSM will say, “we were just reporting the “facts” as they revealed. The RW media will say, “Hey it’s just my opinion that she is a gold-digger tart!”
I’m going to make a suggestion for Ms. Bialek, and actually for anyone who finds themselves on the receiving end of this kind of right wing backlash using the Cain/Woods attack methods.
Don’t let the media give Cain/Woods the last word.
The right wing press (and MSM) often let the “authority” or politician have the final word in the “he said/she said” reporting convention. This convention often works in the favor of the authority who is used to talking to the press. The accusers need to remind the media that they are available to comment on the Cain’s comments because it’s “the fair thing to do”. The MSM don’t consider it their job to come down on one side or the other anymore, therefore whomever has the best spin or the last word “wins” that story.
In the story the author mentioned that one of the accusers of sexual harassment, Ms. Bialek, has said she is not seeking money to tell her story, though she has not ruled out a book at some point. I hope that she does more than that. I would like for her to go on and have a highly paid speaking career talking about the politics of smears.
Last night I had a dream. It was about supporting and empowering a bunch of tech geeks who hung out in the public library and never hit it rich with the high-tech jackpot. Sometimes because they were unlucky, like the thousands that don’t win, and sometimes because they were ripped off by the people at the top or the funders/founders who were greedy.
After they fixed a computer problem using old computers then discovered a cure for a very specific cancer. They used it to heal Steve Jobs. As Jobs left the room where this all happened I asked to close and lock the door with all the discovers inside. I told them all this amazing thing they did will be attacked. Other people will make money on it and they will try to stop you from profiting from it. We need to stick together and ensure we don’t become victims, because everyone is going to want know who cured Job’s cancer and I’ll be damned if they all your hard work is taken without you getting credit and being compensated.
Then I woke up.
I realized when I woke up that what was going on was related to my sense of the injustice of the women getting attacked for their courage in coming forward. That others will profit and benefit from their courage yet complain if the women profit from it.
I also figured out that my rage, my sense of injustice, started out from the moment that they succeeded because I knew that the people who wanted to take their cure and take their talent cared nothing for them and if someone like me didn’t stand up for them and help them they would be crushed.