Wednesday March 20, 2019

Scandal And Reputation

The Roman Catholic Church is learning the impact of scandal on the tolerance of believers.  A recent Gallup poll in the US  “found that 37 percent of respondents said ‘recent news about sexual abuse of young people by priests’ has them personally questioning whether to remain Catholic — a 15 point increase since 2002.”  The results were […]

Hit To Reputation

Johnson & Johnson has taken a significant hit to its reputation with the upholding of a $4.7 billion verdict against it for asbestos in its baby powder.  The company has been advertising proclaiming the purity of its talc and recommending that people visit a web site where there are medical and scientific reports backing its […]

Search And Reputation

One might not think search results from an online engine would be injurious to reputation.  Microsoft’s Bing has proved that wrong.  The software produced racist answers for words like “Jew”, “Muslim”, and “black people.”   Microsoft acknowledged that it needs to work on the responses and refine its algorithms but the damage was done. It seems […]

Reputation At Risk

Amtrak has put its reputation at risk based on the number of accidents it has had recently.  Some were not its fault — hitting a garbage truck on the tracks that didn’t belong there.  Others are due to maintenance and human failure.  At least one was egregious.  Train travel is supposed to be safe.  The […]

Nails In Reputation

This and this have led to this.  President Trump’s unfeeling deportation of long-time Americans and his flagrant ignoring of the meaning of special days have among too-numerous-to-tell other outrages led to a slumping reputation.  One would think he would be worried about it, but he doesn’t seem to be.  He basks in the love of a minority […]

Lost Reputation

When one loses his reputation, people abandon him — even if he is on the cusp of victory.  That is the case here.  Five women have now come forward and claimed that Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama, had molested them as teenagers.  Moore is refusing to leave the race even though Republican […]

Price Change Reputation Change?

Whole Foods supermarkets, also known as Whole Paycheck because of their high prices, are cutting consumer costs under new ownership.  Amazon, the owner, is seeking an image change for the chain and based on wide news reporting, it just might succeed.  Amazon can afford to cut prices and go for market share.  It can also […]

Operation Reputation

The US Navy is working fast to regain its reputation after accidents in the 7th fleet.  It removed the admiral in charge who was destined to retire anyway. The act forcing a step down is a symbolic gesture.  It would be hard to know whether a commander at that level is indeed responsible for lapses […]

All But The Reputation

Hyundai has tackled one of the most difficult tasks in the auto market – establishing a new luxury brand.  It is called Genesis, and it has most if not all the features of vehicles costing $15,000 more.  In other words, the vehicle is a good deal for someone looking for ride comfort.  The difficulty is […]

The Price Of Reputation

BP has put a final number to the cost of cleanup for its oil rig blowout in the Gulf — $61.6 billion.  The hard part for the company is that it isn’t going to win back its good standing even with the payout.  Regulators and governments will take a close look at its drilling projects […]