Episode #45: "Intimacy Coordinators" and a New York Governor Fights New #MeToo Allegations
It was a rough week for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo after two former staffers came forward to complain of sexual harassment. While many cases have come to light amid the #MeToo movement, Cuomo's case has some unique wrinkles that are worth discussing. We dissect his PR approach and explain why, while it may not work as well as he hopes, it could still usher in the PR 2.0 era when facing these kinds of allegations.
Speaking of #MeToo, the movement has sparked an entirely new profession in the film industry. Ewan introduces "intimacy coordinators" which are now used on Hollywood sets and explains how it's symbolic of the changes that still need to be made in other sectors.
Also: the stressful scourge of email and the civil war inside the New York Times and what it means for media.
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Ewan Christie is an employment lawyer and partner at Duntrune LLP in Toronto, Canada.
Cam MacMurchy is a corporate communications executive with a multinational technology company listed in Hong Kong and curator of the Digital Bits PR and Communications newsletter. He also contributes to Apple news website 9to5Mac and shares his thoughts on PR, media, travel, and technology on his website.