Kathy Griffin, a victim?  How  lawyers tried to reposition pathetic behavior for their client

The Kathy Griffin debacle is the drama of the week for Hollywood celebrities attempting to regain purchase with the American public. Posing with a decapitated head of the President with blood dripping to the floor and a smirk on her face, Ms. Griffin somehow equated this with comedy and art giving no concern to the horrors that many families who have been defiled by ISIS in the same manner nor the trauma brought upon the President’s son.

Of course, her followers and those of her ilk also believe that an upside down crucifix in a bottle of urine should always be prominently displayed to reinforce the importance of art and their First Amendment rights of freedom of expression. Before you read further, I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of our Constitution. Many good men and women have died defending this document and your and my rights to freely express our opinions.

However, interestingly, I seem to recall from my journalism law classes that “screaming fire” in a crowded theater is not covered under the First Amendment of our Constitution nor are behaviors that can be deemed “true-threats.”

Kathy Griffin

Photo source: https://twitter.com/kathygriffin

I am sure someone as revered and influential as Ms. Griffin, who has already humiliated herself by apologizing for her tasteless art would not be held legally accountable for inciting violence, or would she?

Had Ms. Griffin stopped and exited stage left after her “eye-rolling” apology, shown some genuine contriteness and even called the President to apologize personally I postulate she might have been able to continue her moderately successful career.

Instead, taking a page from Hillary Clinton, she becomes the “victim.” She engages her lawyers. They advise her to quickly “apologize” for fear of further legal ramifications. Then as fast as possible her lawyers prepare her a script including the production of “crocodile tears” and delivering with much emotion as possible line “I’m broken.”  Ensuring she looks haggard, and with no makeup, Griffin trots out, and they stand beside her for moral support and to provide direction to observe how well she throws herself upon the victim wagon.

By the way, did anyone see how her press conference touted her legal expertise companions behind her on the marquee as if they were selling fresh meat of the week?

Kathy Griffin now proclaims through her anguish, all the while reminding folks she apologized because it was the “right thing” to do that she “feels” has been “broken” through a conspiracy of the President and all his family.

No, Ms. Griffin, you are a victim of your loutish behavior and shallow thinking. You broke yourself. You simply didn’t realize how broke you would be!

You have allowed your self- importance and belief that the art of comedy has no bounds. Perhaps, next time you should take a deep breath, sit back and enjoy the Malibu ocean view before inserting your foot into your proverbial mouth. Your sophomoric and boorish behavior should cause you some fear in reflection since you may have well crossed into the “true-threat” area of free speech which does have certain prohibitions.

There are, and always will be consequences to your behavior.

Anderson Cooper dumped you like day old milk so fast he didn’t have time to say anything; CNN drops you from the New Year’s Eve celebration after a day and a half of consideration, of course,  and I suspect there will be other consequences. Did you not learn anything from Michael Richardson affair (http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/michael-richards-my-racist-outburst-in-2006-was-a-reality-check-20152310) .

When Richardson overstepped the “societal” bounds and used the “N-word”, he was forced to apologize on national TV and do rounds with Al Sharpton, the Godfather, and Priest who can give redemption to all offenders.

All Presidents get their share of ridicule and abuse, Ms. Griffin. They are burned or hanged in effigy by protesters all the time who for whatever reason don’t agree with their politics. Your behavior went a tad bit too far.

The clarity of “true-threat jurisprudence remains a muddled mess,” even after a decade of trying to sort it out at the Supreme Court level. However, one thing I know Ms. Griffin your “shock and awe” came back to haunt you this time.

Are you a victim like Hillary? Not even close to playing it like her, kid!

Perhaps, the two of you can have tea one evening and cry over the spilled milk, and she can help you make a list of 101 reasons the public as a whole should forgive you since it wasn’t your fault but that of the President and his family.

I recommend that you look to one of your own for your next press conference statement instead of a bunch of lawyers.

“I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don’t have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn’t pawn this off on anybody. I’m sorry it happened. And I hurt people.” Louie Anderson

Dr. L. Darryl Armstrong is a crisis prevention and management consultant. 1.888.340.2006 www.ldarrylarmstrong.com

 

3 Uses of social Media in Crisis and Emergency Management

Simply stated, social media is here to stay much to the chagrin sometimes of emergency management personnel used to the command and control systems under the National Incident Command System. Therefore, it is incumbent on all crisis and emergency management personnel (CM/EM) to learn how to best use social media to benefit communications before, during and after a crisis.

Despite all its challenges, and there are several, CM/EM personnel can depend on social media to:

  1. Provide direct communication quickly between informants and those who need information, which enables responders to react faster, minimizing the length of the emergency.
  2. Send the right messages to the right audiences.
  3. Ensure information that is being disseminated is correct, confirmed by reliable sources, and evidenced by facts or direct observation on the scene. Multiple informants ion the field can instantaneously confirm accuracy using social media.

Learn more about using social media through webinars such as the one we will present on Feb. 28. More information is available at www.ldarrylarmstrong.com

College directs interested parties to website for more information

Texas A&M at Corpus Christi is directing folks interested in the power outage to their website. A good example of the use of main stream media and RSS – and a good example of how other social media can be used such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to share information. –  CORPUS CHRISTI — Three buildings on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus will remain without power Thursday after a power outage late Wednesday.

School officials reported that power went out in various parts of campus about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Texas AEP crews worked on the outage overnight.

However, Island Hall, the Dugan Wellness Center, and the University Center will remain without power for the rest of Thursday as crews continue to work on the issue. AEP Texas is expects power to be restored to those buildings by 7 a.m. Friday.

School officials said in a news release that students who have class or other business in those buildings, should make arrangements with their professors or supervisors.

Also, personnel for research labs and other power sensitive areas are asked to monitor any disruptions because of the overnight outages.

To check on the progress of the outage and for other updates, visit the university’s website at http://www.tamucc.edu/.

When using Twitter, Facebook or other social media for crisis management

To effectively use social media during a crisis, you must have used it in a sustainable fashion well before the emergency. Social media builds electronic relationships, which over time builds trust and credibility between the users of your site and your organization. The time to start a social media site IS NOT WHEN THE CRISIS IS UNDERWAY!

Join me and others for a social media webinar entitled: Campus Crisis and Social Media, February 28 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. more information at http://www.ldarrylarmstrong.com