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  •  I'm not going to argue with you on this (1+ / 0-)
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    as I'm no expert on BODs.

    But I do know that EVERY big company in America has a board of directors, and I also know that doesn't stop those companies' PR departments from doing their jobs, and releasing their statements.  And those statements are certainly NOT all signed off by the BOD.  If this were necessary, PR departments would be defunct and unable.

    I also know that big companies in America MUST be able to communicate between their advertising/marketing departments, their PR departments, and their CEOs without needing the BOD to sign off on every decision.  Again, if this were necessary, it would stop business in its tracks.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:39:03 PM PST

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    •  I didn't mean to be confrontational. Sorry. And (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree with your main premise.  You'd think people that run these huge companies and make outrageous salaries would be smarter and have more common sense.  For the most part they are smart, some scary smart. But like all humans they say and do dumb things.  I certainly have.  You just shake your head and say to yourself, man, how do you get this far.  Many times what they say or do is magnified and they don't consult with communication types until after the damage is done.  In this particular case they may not have been able to get in front of this story when it broke.  Who knows for sure though. They could've just been dumb in this case.  Wouldn't surprise me.

      Guns don't kill people...people with GUNS kill people.

      by thestructureguy on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:17:43 PM PST

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      •  I didn't find you confrontational at all, (1+ / 0-)
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        and I thank you for adding your wisdom to the comments in my diary. We all come at our conclusions from different experiences, and I enjoy hearing from those who come at it from a different place than I do.

        But exactly, to my point, they don't consult with others till after the damage is done.  THEN they try to hire consultants and better PR firms, and more award winning ad agencies to undo their self inflicted wounds.

        The point of my diary was that BOD or not, someone at the top HAS to take responsibility for good business decisions. And if AIG couldn't see the publicity nightmare inherent in the request for them to join a lawsuit against the government that bailed them out, well, then, they're grossly incompetent.

        Just don't know how one can arrive at any different conclusion.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:28:21 PM PST

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