San Diego’s Mayor Filner in Media Crisis

Press Conference in San Diego on July 15, 2013 - photo by K.C. Alfred SD UT

Press Conference in San Diego on July 15, 2013 – photo by K.C. Alfred SD UT

Managing a media crisis such as a natural disaster or unfortunate accident like a shark attack is not easy to do but it is another thing altogether to handle a media crisis generated by misuse of power or anti-social behavior. The media crisis surrounding San Diego’s Mayor Filner, has been created by his bad behavior, his lack of accountability and his narcissistic compass telling him that he is above the laws that apply to everyone else.  

I believe that people who use the power of their position through sexual harrassment and intimidation are the morally corrupt. And, ultimate power corrupts.  So, the powerfully corrupt Mayor Filner is shifting blame to hide behind due process of the law and is attacking those who call for justice.  But this is a delay tactic that only fuels the media frenzy. It is also a way to shift the spotlight from his unruliness by violating the victims one more time in the court of public opinion.   

He should have done the right thing by stepping down when he was first asked privately by former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs, rather than create the ensuing media crisis. To put this in baseball terms, we are only in the first inning of a game that will most likely go into extra innings.

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