Oprah Wept


Today’s Sign of the Apocalypse:

I found myself admiring Oprah Winfrey today.

For those of you who didn’t see it, or know about it, she put on a clinic in Crisis Communication this morning.

Evidently there has been some shenanigans involving the girls at the Oprah’s school in South Africa. It’s the kind of shenanigans one would normally expect from the Catholic Church, but with boys. No, this is what happens when you have the perfect storm of celebrity guilt money, poorly supervised adults in a land where AIDS is given to children like Halloween candy, and lots of hot young African girls.

But, kudos to Oprah. Really. She got in front of this story before it brought her down. She owes her PR team big time for this one. She confronted the problem, had her people looking into it before the newshounds got a hold of it, took immediate corrective action, accepted that the ultimate responsibility was hers and made honest and concillatory overtures to the victims to stave off any litigation.

It was a thing of beauty to behold. If only that sort of leadership was evident in any of the presidential candidates.  No kidding, this case study will be taught in business schools to future scandal-plagued CEOs and ethically compromised Corporate Assholes.

I may have to go lie down. This clearly is the work of a fever-addled brain.


6 Responses to “Oprah Wept”

  1. Ginger Says:

    I agree with you on this.

    I’m also thinking it’s time for our meds.

  2. Nashville is Talking » Oprah’s Good PR Says:

    […] Sarcastro gives a big thumbs up to Oprah for how she handled the crisis at her school in South Africa.  Spread It Around: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  3. newscoma Says:

    Are you high?
    Just asking.

    (Incidentally, I didn’t see this Oprah episode. Going from history sort of stuff. And beer. Mine.)

  4. Katherine Coble Says:

    Oh, the media knew about it. They just kept it quietish because Oprah is a darling. It’s been the modern equivalent of FDR’s wheelchair.

  5. Sarcastro Says:

    By ‘media’, you mean people like, say, newspaper editors. Like ‘Coma.

    Who didn’t hear about the live press conference covered by all major news outlets.

    That media?

  6. Nashville Knucklehead Says:

    Media is plural for medium.
    A medium is a fortune teller.
    They all knew about it.
    They know everything.

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