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Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:57 am

Mississippi Paper Offers Apology for Its 'Gross Neglect' During Civil Rights Struggle

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/ea...play.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003931673


"NEW YORK In a remarkable statement one day before the birthday holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. -- and two days before the inauguration of Barack Obama -- the Meridian (Miss.) Star has, in an editorial, offered an apology for its past coverage of civil rights issues. "

A great read... it's a small step, but one that will have deep reverberating effects...


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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:13 pm

I don't think they have anything to apologize for. Does anyone who writes for them now have any connection to the writers or editors of the 1960s? A meaningful apology would be one by any offending writers or editors.

The present people at the paper are apologizing for something they didn't do, so it is meaningless.
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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:55 pm

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 1):
I don't think they have anything to apologize for. Does anyone who writes for them now have any connection to the writers or editors of the 1960s? A meaningful apology would be one by any offending writers or editors.

The present people at the paper are apologizing for something they didn't do, so it is meaningless.

Perception/Image is everything...

Imagine for a moment, if you will...that own an auto repair shop. From the beginning, you make it clear to your staff (of one or two) to not make (insert minority or whites, too) not welcome....you simply want nothing to with them. We've seen this story repeated a zillion times aka Denny's Restaurants.

You keep up this disenfranchisement your entire lifetime...and are happy you do. Even some of your loyal and repeat customers acknowledge and support your policy.

Your conduct, behavior and reputation is now rooted and deep seeded.

Over time, (yet appearing suddenly...) things have changed. The segment you've marginalized for years...has now become the majority. Sure, you can retire in peace and not be affected by what you've done if you make it that far. Let's say you sell it, the owner doesn't share your views, in order to change things up and expand the business...he must 'clean up' your act. He had absolutely nothing to do with what you have done...but his new business is suffering from your judgement and conduct. And must go against 'a long standing tide' to dismantle the minds of local populous, suppliers and the like.


He/she issues a statement of new ownership and a change in previous policy...how this is worded will determined the effectiveness in the change of 'standing perceptions' that you created and fostered over the years.


Yep, the new guy had nothing to do with it...but he is paying dearly for your error in judgement from a 'business' standpoint. This analogy in real life has applied to everything from donut shops, comic book stores to national grocery chains and restaurants.

The 'new attitude' must pick up the slack and do the heavy lifting in order to undo the damage you chose not 'see' or engage...that's how meaningful 'perception/image' is. Very.

Whether, you believe in the 'new image' or not...the bottomline of 'smart business' is to show or come across that things are nowhere near what they were. The Clarion newspaper is going thru exactly that, perhaps they're concerned about their legacy, their subscriptions, their being the butt of jokes at annual newspaper conventions...who knows. But reputation...whether you're responsible or not....is everything in the business world.


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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:27 pm

You can issue statements deploring what has gone on in the past, or you can tell people that you are embarrassed by what was done in the past by people you are linked to.

But you can't apologise for people who probably would still be unapologetic if they were still around and could speak for themselves.

It is dishonest.
 
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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:01 pm



Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 3):
But you can't apologise for people who probably would still be unapologetic if they were still around and could speak for themselves.

It is dishonest.

Dishonest and invalid..if someone lived their life as 'good guy' he should always be remembered as such, if they lived it as a scoundrel or one of bad judgement, let that be the unchanged legacy as well.

But organizations (businesses) rely for the most part on imagery and they usually outlive their owners/founders....and if they're in the business of making money, they must be in a constant state of change and adaptation. They find themselves being accountable (reputation wise) whether they committed the offense or it was done their predecessor.


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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:07 pm



Quoting BN747 (Reply 4):
But organizations (businesses) rely for the most part on imagery and they usually outlive their owners/founders....and if they're in the business of making money, they must be in a constant state of change and adaptation. They find themselves being accountable (reputation wise) whether they committed the offense or it was done their predecessor.

In this case will it increase the sales of newspapers? For a few days maybe, but then who knows. I doubt there are that many people who even remember what was being reported in the paper at the time. By bringing it up they will cause a lot more people to remember. It may actually unearth more bad feelings than it solves.

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 3):
But you can't apologize for people who probably would still be unapologetic

If the offenders are not apologetic than there is no reason to bother. That would be like me apologizing to somebody because my dad shelled villages in Vietnam (I don't know if he ever did that, but I am using that as an example). It has nothing to do with me and it never will. I am not responsible for my father. I know that if I ever did something bad my father wouldn't apologize for me. We are are own men and incontrol of our own destiny.
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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:41 pm



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 5):
I am not responsible for my father. I know that if I ever did something bad my father wouldn't apologize for me.

He certainly would...if you woke up one day.. and pulled a Dillon Klebold & Eric Harris act...to salvage your families 'good name'..he'd be right infront of those newspaper mics.

...would that be a good thing or not?

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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:45 pm



Quoting BN747 (Reply 6):
He certainly would...if you woke up one day.. and pulled a Dillon Klebold & Eric Harris act...to salvage your families 'good name'..he'd be right infront of those newspaper mics.

Different situation. Those were minors and their parent's are responsible for them. I am 33 years old and my parents are not responsible for my actions.
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RE: Mississippi Paper Offers Apology

Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:57 pm

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 7):
Different situation. Those were minors and their parent's are responsible for them. I am 33 years old and my parents are not responsible for my actions.

'

Not at all...c'mon dude, EVERYONE knows Mr/Mrs. Klebold & Mr/Mrs. Harris didn't kill those people (be their kids--who did-- minors or not), are they guilty of bad parenting? Possibly..but the larger cause of those kids flipping out? School bullying and weak character & poor judgement (on their part).

But if you were involved in something as heinous as that, be you 33 years old or 55 years old..some member of your family would immediately seek to assuage hurt and angered feelings and apologize for your actions - whether you like it or not. It's starting to sound as if you just want argue for the sake of arguing.

I hear you, YOU just aren't 'the apology is worth it' type...your prerogative.

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