According to CNN, four decades after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death — and just weeks after Barack Obama’s win in the Iowa caucus — a CNN poll finds more Americans than ever before believe the country is ready for a black president. Seventy-two percent of white Americans and 61 percent of black Americans surveyed in a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Monday say the nation is ready for a black commander in chief.
That number is higher than it was two years ago, when 65 percent of whites and 54 percent of blacks felt the same way. It’s also higher than the proportion of either men or women — 64 percent and 65 percent, respectively — who currently believe the nation is ready for a woman in the White House.
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NEW YORK – The following is Mike “The Reputation Doctor” Paul’s Annual Top 10 List of Reputations in Crisis for 2007. This list is compiled by and solely the opinion of global reputation management expert Mike Paul. You’ve seen him weekly as a guest TV news commentator analyzing top individual and organizational reputations in crisis.
1. Michael Vick – his fall from grace was one of the top stories of the year due to his conviction for his involvement with dogfighting, including the hanging, drowning and electrocuting of pit bulls. This crisis not only affects Vick’s own reputation, but the reputation of his NFL team, the entire NFL itself, his former sponsors, his family and some even say the Black community. This story and crisis still has legs because Vick must also deal with state charges in Virginia similar to the federal charges which now have him in prison for almost 2 years.
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I was interviewed on Wednesday morning on Fox Business Channel’s morning show about the Jackson 5 reunion concert tour which is being planned for 2008. The major questions: Will Michael Jackson’s reputation in crisis affect the tour? Is this a smart business move for the record label and for sponsors?
Let’s begin with a little background on the tour. Michael Jackson is set to rejoin the Jackson 5 for a world tour next year, according to his brother Jermaine through a BBC interview.
The brothers–Tito, Jermaine, Michael, Jackie, Marlon, and Randy–last toured together as a six-piece in 1984 before Michael left, in between his massive-selling Thriller and Bad albums.
Jermaine said: “We feel we have to do it one more time. We owe that to the fans and to the public.” Asked whether Michael would be involved, Jermaine told BBC 6Music: “He has to be, he is a Jackson. He was at the meetings. Michael will be involved.”
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According to Integrity Interactive(R) Corporation, a company that helps leading global corporations build ethical cultures that reduce risk, recently announced the results of a September 2007 survey of 108 Global 2000 companies, which shows corporate ethics and compliance programs and controls do not extend to their global supply chains. The survey found that 78 percent of companies do not include suppliers in their company compliance and ethics programs, and nearly 58 percent were not sure if their company regularly assessed ethics risks in the supply chain, the network of companies that collaborates to deliver a product or service to customers.
Many corporations around the world are unaware of how effective supply chain ethics and compliance programs can help them avoid costly recalls and brand damage that results from a supply chain ethics scandal. Supplier ethics management (SEM) is a relatively new business practice that enables companies to manage their suppliers and supply relationships through strategies, programs and metrics that better align supplier business conduct with purchaser standards. The goal is to reduce a purchasing company’s overall risk of corporate integrity failure in the supply chain by aligning supplier conduct with purchaser standards in three major areas of corporate integrity: compliance, ethics and corporate responsibility.
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In my opinion, Howard K. Stern should lose his legal license to practice law in the State of California. Said another way, he should be Nifonged! I have been saying this now for over six months and I have also said so in several TV news interviews. The State Bar of California’s Disciplinary Committee should have started an investigation months ago into Mr. Stern’s professional misconduct, especially in regarding to having many of Anna Nicole Smith’s prescriptions in his name, personally instructing doctors to use false names and personally ordered the drugs from doctors in this way, not Anna. This is obviously illegal and unethical! As an attorney, he is in bigger trouble than if he was an average citizen doing so. Why? Because he is held to a higher standard regarding his knowledge of the law in California. He knew it was illegal to do so and, in my opinion, he should be punished for his crimes and lose his license to practice law in California.
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