Posts Tagged ‘denial’

Sam Singer: “Master of Disaster” or Master of the Pregnant Denial – Comparing Shoplifter Mary Hayashi and Domestic Violencer G Chahal

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

All right, let’s check in with some recent clients of San Francisco-based Singer Associates, Public Relations, Public Affairs.

But first, let’s review some vocab at the Wiki:

“A negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself. For example, “I have never consumed cocaine while on duty” might imply that the person making the statement had consumed cocaine on other occasions, and was only denying that they had done so while on duty.”

See how that works? Let’s get to cases:

Mary Hayashi: I did not shoplift $2,500 worth of goods”

Gurbaksh Chahal: I didn’t hit her 117 times

All right, if you add up the leather pants and the other stuff Mary Hayashi took out of that store in Union Square, I think the total is $2400-something.

And if you looked at the video of Gurbaksh Chahal, wouldn’t you see punches and kicks and whatever making up the total that the SFPD is alleging?

So what’s the point of all this? Is this what “crisis communications” is all about?

Of course I don’t know what Sam Singer or whoever says to earn all that money, but how about this instead for his numerous clients:

YOU ARE ONE SICK PUPPY – WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU? WHY DON’T YOU FESS UP AND WE’LL SEE ABOUT GETTING YOU THE MENTAL HELP YOU DESERVE?

How about that?

Anyway, it sure seems funny that both these convictereenos came up with the same “clever” kind of denial.

And what do you think, Gentle Reader, do you think that these crises were properly “managed?”

Just asking.

The Four Stages of Grief Regularly Experienced by San Francisco MUNI Passengers

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Adapting the classical Kübler-Ross model to San Francisco yields Four Stages of MUNI Passenger Grief:

1. Denial — “I feel fine.”; “This can’t be happening, not to me.” Passengers in this stage look expectantly in the direction of the next  MUNI vehicle.

2. Anger“Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; “Who is to blame?” Passengers in this stage fight each other, or, like Akit, go Full Martin Luther, calling for Nat Ford’s head, as soon as they get home.
 
3. Depression“I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I miss my loved one, why go on?Passengers in this stage enter shoe-gazer mode, hanging their heads in despair.

4. Acceptance — “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.” Passengers in this stage sit down in the middle of the street, instinctively conserving energy for the long wait ahead. Thusly:

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Yes, that’s the right train but it’s headed the wrong direction. It’s going to be a loooooong night, once again.

Oh well.

Mayor’s Office vs. Towleroad.com – Prop 8 Ruling Delayed to Avoid Riots?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Now let’s see if we can get today’s Prop 8 timeline straight here. This morning, this bit went up on the Azire Times:

“Our source tells us that the [CA Supreme] court has now decided to push pack the ruling for another week or two fearing the ruling would inflame tensions if it ruled on the same date. He said, “‘tensions are running high and the court was asked to move date of ruling.’”

Fair enough. After that, came this “exclusive” from Towleroad.com”

Exclusive: SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Asked Court to Delay Prop 8 Ruling
Confidential sources close to San Francisco City Hall told Towleroad’s Corey Johnson that the California Supreme Court was prepared to release its opinion on Proposition 8 tomorrow,
but decided to delay the ruling after a call from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Newsom reached out to the Supreme Court and asked them to hold off releasing their decision so it did not coincide with the White Night riots,” said our source.

After that, came this:

              STATEMENT FROM NATHAN BALLARD
               COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, MAYOR GAVIN NEWSOM

“Today a website posted an item that quoted a false allegation from an unnamed source: “Mayor [Gavin] Newsom reached out to the Supreme Court and asked them to hold off releasing their decision so it did not coincide with the White Night riots.”

“This allegation is not true. We have asked the website to correct the item immediately.”

Is this last statement a “pregnant denial“? Seems a little skimpy, anyway. Is this whole thing a big deal? 

Only Time Will Tell. 

Does the anti-Prop 8 crowd look the rioting type?

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KCBS in Denial About Yesterday’s Crash Landing in Oakland, CA?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

First,  let’s all agree that denial, (also called abnegation), is:

 ”is a defense mechanism‘ postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept…”

Can a radio station be in denial? Well, how about the coverage KCBS AM 740  is giving to yesterday’s crash landing of a traffic-reporting Cessna 172. KCBS reports this incident thusly: “Plane Lands near I-80 Ramp” with an account about how “freeway traffic was not affected by the landing”.

Firstly, KCBS used this in the webpage URL: “Plane-Blocks-I-80-Off-Ramp” – so this was spurious information? Or maybe the plane blocked the off-ramp, but not the freeway? Secondly, other media sources correctly called this incident a “crash-landing,” as that’s what it was. Thirdly, KCBS reported last month’s other crash landing of a Cessna 172 in the bay area as a “crash landing.”

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The dash of a Cessna 172 that didn’t crash land in the bay area last month, from the incredible Telstar Logistics Flickrstream

There’s lots of ways to report a story. KCBS certainly chose a drama-free approach. As must be obvious by now, you can put a Cessna 172 (that has a landing weight pretty close to a tiny 2-seat Smart Car) down in a very small piece of real estate, but yesterday’s crash landing could easily have been fatal.

So, better check yo self before you wreck yo self (again). Just saying,