Question Of The Week: March 1, 2011

This week’s question of the week comes from a reader e-mail:

“I know you had a section in a post a while back about reporters asking your personal opinions and how to handle it, but how about a post about a spokesperson’s personal opinions conflicting with that of the organization (or the organization’s supporters) in public?”

Great question, since almost everyone who’s been a spokesperson long enough has had to release news they disagree with. That can create a real moral dilemma – on one hand, you have a moral obligation to the company, organization, or agency that signs your paychecks. On the other hand, you have an obligation to honor your own moral compass.

So, here’s the question of the week: What should you do when you have to represent a viewpoint publicly that you disagree with personally?

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Please leave your answer in the comment section below. And if this has happened to you, please share your story!

I’ll highlight a few of your comments on the homepage later this week. In the meantime, here are your answers to the last two questions of the week:

Should You Ask Reporters For the Questions Before an Interview?
What Should You Do When a Reporter Knows Confidential Information?