Blame It On the New York Times: Hurricane Harvey

The popular strategy for bad behavior seems to be to blame it on the New York Times.

When Harvey Weinstein’s behavior was first outed by the New York Times last week, his then legal adviser, Lisa Bloom, blasted the “defamatory” New York Times report against Weinstein in an email sent to his company’s board. I think that was on Friday. On Monday, he was fired by the board of his own company.

It reminds me of an old song released in 1966, Blame it on the bossa nova.

Blame it on the bossa nova with its magic spell
Blame it on the bossa nova that he did so well
Oh, it all began with just one little dance
But then it ended up a big romance
Blame it on the bossa nova.

Two days after she blasted the NYT, she resigned as his legal counsel. But not before the New York Times took another hit.

Blame it on the bossa nova.

I don’t own stock in the New York Times. I have never been published there, tweeted to them or about them. I just find it interesting that the first line of defense seems to be to blame the media, specifically the NYT.

Communication is not just a magic wand that you waive and are immediately innocent. Blaming anything is not the magic elixir of communication.

Blame it on the bossa nova.

Former fashion designer Donna Karan was asked over the weekend about Harvey, the hurricane of Hollywood not just a hurricane. Karan was interviewed on the red carpet Sunday at the Cinemoi Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood and made comments which suggested that women may be “asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality.”

Blame it on the bossa nova.

First of all, this is men’s moral problem not a dress problem. Secondly, Donna Karan clothes were not exactly sack cloth and ashes. Third, she later said her comments were taken out of context, which is close to:

Blame it on the bossa nova.



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