The Cult of Truth

Truth is more important than anything else. Without it, all else crumbles. When I was a child, if you did something wrong, you got in trouble. But if you lied about it, it was much worse. If you told the truth about it, sometimes you wouldn’t get punished at all. “You told the truth — … Continued

When is a false accusation okay? A reflection on “Shitty Media Men.”

When is it acceptable to publish a false accusation? It’s the right time to consider this question. In the rush of the #MeToo movement, a woman named Moira Donegan created a Google Sheet intended to collect accusations of sexual misconduct against men in the media business. At the time of its creation, her identity was … Continued

Conversing with an old friend

When you’re reconnecting with someone you haven’t seen in a while — months, years, decades — what do you say? I’m changing the way I make conversation. There are basically three ways to answer the question “So, how have you been?” Brag You can start ticking off the accomplishments. Since I am an accomplishment- and … Continued

John Sargent, CEO of “Fire and Fury” publisher Macmillan, shows how to respond to a high-profile attack

President Trump’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to try to block publication of Fire and Fury,┬áMichael Wolff’s revealing account of President Trump’s first 200 days in office. The publisher, a division of Macmillan, published it anyway. Now Macmillan CEO John Sargent has sent a memo to all of his staff about the role of publishers … Continued

Can Mark Zuckerberg fix Facebook?

Yesterday Mark Zuckerberg said his personal challenge for 2018 was to fix Facebook. This is a good sign, but we need to hold him accountable. Zuckerberg’s brief statement (432 words, posted on Facebook of course) is direct and personal compared to most CEO communications. Let’s take a look at what he’s saying, how he’s saying … Continued