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.
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.
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.
"'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."
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