November 2012: The Five Worst Video Media Disasters

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on November 30, 2012 – 6:04 am

The presidential election is over.

The surest sign of that? Only one politician made this month’s media disasters list!

On this month’s list, you’ll find a disgruntled actor, two cable news hosts, and a new corporate leader who doesn’t seem to like television interviews.

Without any further ado, here are the five worst media disasters of November!

5. Half Man Finds God, Continues To Take “Filthy” Money

Angus T. Jones, the “half” man on CBS’s hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, recently made headlines when he called his show “filth” and begged viewers to stop watching the show. No matter that he’s been on the show since 2003 and became the highest paid child actor in 2010, reportedly earning a whopping $300,000 per episode.

I don’t question the sincerity of Mr. Jones’s beliefs, and he’s entitled to his views. Which is why his sudden about face looks so…strange. After the video above went viral, Jones backtracked, saying:

“I am grateful to, and have the highest regard and respect for, all of the wonderful people on ‘Two and a Half Men’ with whom I have worked and over the past 10 years who have become an extension of my family….I thank them for the opportunity they have given and continue to give me, and the help and guidance I have and expect to continue to receive from them”

As The Washington Post put it:

To recap:

1) Show is filth.

2) No disrespect intended.

 

4. New BBC Head Walks Off Live Interview

The BBC is in the midst of one of its worst scandals ever.

Its handling of a sexual abuse scandal has already caused one BBC director-general to resign. And his replacement, acting director-general Tim Davie, didn’t make things any easier on himself when he decided to walk out of a live interview.

The most surprising thing? These questions should have been easy to anticipate—and therefore prepare for—prior to the interview.

 

3. Mitt Romney Goes 47 Percent—Again

Mitt Romney was caught on a secret video earlier this year saying that 47 percent of Americans would never vote for him because “I’ll never convince them they should take responsibility for their lives.” He promptly apologized for that, saying he cared about all Americans.

But after losing the election, he returned back to the same theme, telling a group of fundraisers that President Obama won because he had given lavish financial gifts to wide swaths of Americans. That comment prompted many of Romney’s fellow Republicans to tell him to exit the stage, stat.

No word yet on whether he thinks George W. Bush was trying to buy support for Republicans by giving seniors a prescription drug plan.

 

2. Fox News Host Says Food Stamps Are a Good Diet Plan

Andrea Tantaros, a co-host of The Five on the Fox News Channel, made headlines recently when she said that she would benefit by going on food stamps since it would help her diet.

Beyond being an insensitive thing to say, it’s also wrong. As anyone who’s examined America’s food system for two minutes already knows, it is much more expensive to eat healthfully (and to have access to healthier foods). And as nutritionists have been pointing out for years, it’s cheaper to buy a bag of chips than a head of broccoli.

Ms. Tantaros can make up for her comment by voluntarily going on food stamps for a month and eating nothing but what she can afford using them. I doubt she’d be so brazen at the end of the month.

 

1. Chris Matthews “Glad” That Hurricane Sandy Happened

Chris Matthews, the loudmouth host of MSNBC’s Hardball, got into trouble late on election night for committing a classic “seven-second stray.”

While speaking about President Obama’s victory, Matthews pointed out that Hurricane Sandy may have helped his re-election effort. But the manner in which he made that point was terribly insensitive.

It’s never a good idea to put politics over people. And in this video clip, Mr. Matthews seemed to suggest that the ends justified the means.

 

Bonus Video: Diane Sawyer’s Enthusiastic Performance

After her somewhat strange performance on election night, many viewers were left wondering what was going on with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. Regardless of the cause, her tone seemed off for reporting such an important news event.

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BBC Head Walks Off Interview, Makes Crisis Worse

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on November 26, 2012 – 6:02 am

George Entwistle, the director-general of the BBC, resigned his post earlier this month after one of his programs ran an inaccurate report. Here’s the story, as summarized by New York Magazine:

“Entwistle has been having trouble ever since it was revealed that BBC host Jimmy Savile had sexually abused hundreds of children, but things boiled over on November 2, when the celebrated Newsnight program ran a program implicating a senior Tory politician in child sexual abuse at Welsh care homes. While no one was specifically named on-air, it later leaked online that the man in question was Lord McAlpine, a treasury secretary under Margaret Thatcher, who called the allegations “wholly false and seriously defamatory.”

 

Shortly after his resignation, the BBC’s newly appointed acting director-general, Tim Davie, gave an interview to Sky News. It didn’t go well.

It rarely looks good when a spokesperson abruptly ends a live interview, particularly when the walk off occurs in the midst of an already-raging crisis. And it’s even worse when a spokesperson walks off an interview that asks him about his predecessor’s poor handling of the media.

But the most surprising thing was that the questions should have been easy to anticipate—and therefore prepare for—prior to the interview.

In a crisis, it’s absolutely critical to show the public that you both understand the crisis and are competent enough to resolve it. Instead, Mr. Davie dug an even deeper PR hole for the British Broadcasting Corporation. If Mr. Entwistle was being accused of incompetence, Mr. Davie didn’t exactly inspire confidence that his tenure would be any better.

BBC acting director-general Tim Davie

One final note: I found it surprising that Mr. Davie didn’t appear to know where to look during the interview (he should have watched my video about where to look during television appearances). As the acting director-general of the BBC, Mr. Davie should be familiar enough with the norms of television to have at least directed his gaze in the right direction.

A grateful tip o’ the hat to the great Jeff Domansky, otherwise known as The PR Coach.

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