Friday, July 20, 2007

Good PR 

It might be that this politician was angry. It might be that this politician was playing to his constituents. It is likely there was a bit of both motives in his intemperate letter sent to someone arrested for selling drugs in his ward. Whatever his basis for ill temper, there is a question of the PR value of what he did. Should one in power send missives like this?

Long ago, President Harry Truman made national headlines when he wrote a letter that scalded a music critic who had mocked his daughter's singing. A proud Papa wasn't about to let anyone criticize his child.

There is a time to express anger, but it seems to me even anger should be controlled in writing. One never knows where a letter will show up, especially in the age of the internet. The Cleveland Councilman doesn't come off well on The Smoking Gun. Truman didn't come off well in newspaper columns.

Express unhappiness carefully.


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