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Timing Bad-News Messages
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President Trump waited until after the important mid-term elections to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. President Trump wasn’t happy with Sessions since he recused himself from the Russia election interference investigation back in 2017.

 

Although Sessions did technically “resign,” he did so at the President’s request. Sessions confirms this in his resignation letter, which begins, “At your request, I am submitting my resignation.”Sessions letter.PNG

 

Facebook capitalized on a busy news day to announce bad news: a report that the company didn’t do enough to stop anti-Rohingya propaganda on its platform. The site may have contributed to escalated violence in Myanmar. Skimm writers joked, “What to say when the midterms are dominating the headlines… Time to drop some bad news. Right, Facebook?”

 

FB image source.

 

 

Discussion:

 

  • Why didn’t President Trump fire Jeff Sessions after he recused himself? Why is the timing better now, more than a year later?
  • What other examples have you seen of companies taking advantage of news cycles?
  • The benefits of reporting bad news on a slow news day may be obvious. What are the risks?
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