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New Suite 101 article online posted today.

How Chick-fil-A Created a Public Relations Nightmare

“I think this is part of the wake-up call for companies to understand that social media makes these decisions very, very risky,” Reed said, “because it’s much easier now for these messages to get out to consumers and consumers to virtually organize.”

Individuals have free speech rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment, but they also must accept the responsibilities that come with those rights. When an individual freely take on a figurehead position, he or she essentially becomes the voice of the company and it creates a relationship between the President’s words and the company’s image. By speaking so loosely, Dan Carthy opened himself and Chick-fil-A up to the consequences, and the consequences appear to be socially, politically, and possibly for the company’s profits, significant.

If anything, Chick-fil-a has managed to make a polarizing issue out of the consumption of chicken sandwiches…

Read more at Suite101: How Chick-fil-A Created a Public Relations Nightmare

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: anti-gay, chick-fil-a, chicken sandwich, Dan Cathy, Family Research Council, first amendment, gay, gay marriage, PR, The Jim Henson Company, Thomas Menino

Good points from Mother Jones:

Chick-fil-A should not be prevented from opening business because of the views of its leaders, or his donations to anti-gay causes. But gays and lesbians in Illinois and Massachusetts have the right to be free from discrimination in employment based on who they are. They also have a right to protest, boycott, and make Chick-fil-A’s customers aware that their purchases fund anti-gay activism. If Chick-fil-A discriminates in hiring or refuses to serve customers on the basis of sexual orientation, the local authorities can and should hold him accountable.

In defense of Boston’s Mayor, he didn’t ban them, he just urged them in his letter not to locate there.

But Rahm Emanuel…

ACLU Backs Chickfil-A Against Rahm Emanuel’s Threatened Ban

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: ACLU, boston mayor, boycott, chick-fil-a, first amendment, gay, lesbian, mother jones, rahm emanuel