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Today is the 32nd anniversary of the seven Tylenol murders, a crime buried in a whirlwind of lies that made a hero out of the company that bore heavy responsibility for the murders -- Johnson & Johnson.
Marlene Neill, Ph.D., asst. prof. at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, whose interests include PR ethics, is one of three presenters at PRSA’s “Ethics Webinar” 3 p.m. Thursday.
"The PR person doesn't have the final say" but can only "fight" and "make their voice heard," Ruder Finn's Michael Schubert told the "PR Ethics Trial" of PRSA/New York Sept. 8.
The PR Society's Ethics Webinar Thursday, Sept. 25 (Rosh Hashanah) is open to reporters who pay $200. The panel is free to regular and student members.
Lawsuits by Omnicom and three other companies against small stockholder John Chevedden in four different U.S. district courts are a threat to corporate democracy by exerting a “chilling effect” on stockholder actions, he charges.
Omnicom's suit against stockholder John Chevedden is an instance of management wanting to protect its ability to know how stockholders are voting while deying that info to dissident groups.
Ethics generates lots of talk in PR but little action on thorny subjects such as criticisms of J&J’s handling of the Tylenol murders, trade groups sitting on their tax returns, “secret societies” like PR Seminar, reporters blocked and/or threatened with physical harm, etc.
The Society of Professional Journalists, asked if the 16-page undercover report on the Starkey private service school in the January Harper’s was “ethical,” has responded with an answer that tosses the question into the laps of our readers.
"'PR is not like the law,'" said Richard Edelman, quoting his later father, Dan, before an audience of 185 at the Bryant Park Grill, New York, last night. Edelman, who accepted the Paladin Award of the Foundation of PRSA in behalf of his father, said Dan believed that "not everyone deserves representation."