Crisis PR: Michael Douglas & Half-Naked Israeli Soldiers

Michael Douglas Crisis Ronn Torossian

Two very different crisis PR situations are attracting worldwide-media attention.

First – Michael Douglas tonight tried to deny saying that his cancer was caused by oral sex. Unfortunately for him, The Guardian newspaper, who broke the story yesterday today, released the audio tape of the interview, which can be heard here.  This one won’t go away – and the bell cannot and will not be unrung.  Don’t think he will win the claim that he didn’t say it.

Then – Israel, a country which rarely gets good media attention is now attracting worldwide headlines for “disciplining” the young female soldiers who posted pictures of themselves on Facebook half-naked in military garb. A few years ago, Maxim Magazine ran a campaign “Women of the Israel Defense Forces” which attracted plenty of positive attention. Maybe, despite the fact that these women broke the rules in the end Israel will be seen positively? (At the very least, plenty of men worldwide will smile.)

And – Worldwide, crisis communications attracts more attention, as a leading Australian University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is offering a new class to address current thinking in crisis communications, as part of the PR Master Class series. Let’s hope the trend of increased attention and awareness on our industry continues – can only help all of us.

About Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations. He is an experienced leader in the public relations industry with over 20 years of experience. Ronn Torossian has been named as Public Relations executive of the year by the American Business Awards, and has run countless award-winning Public Relations programs.

Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and Chairman of 5WPR, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company’s growth, overseeing more than 275 professionals. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world’s most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine’s Most Influential New Yorker, a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, and a recipient of Crain’s New York 2021 Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Torossian is known as one of the country’s foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and has authored two editions of his book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations,” which is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.

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