October 6, 2011

"ISSA: Emails Prove Holder Knew" and Other DRED Headlines

Sometimes a headline can be a DRED story in and of itself.  Today, while browsing the internet, I saw a headline that said "Issa: Emails Prove Holder Told About Fast And Furious."   I could not help noticing how frequently we see those two words, emails and prove, together in a headline?   By Googling "emails prove" it came up with 45,900 results.  The list included story headlines with names like, Eric Holder, President Obama, Sarah Palin, Mark Zuckerberg and British Petroleum-and that was just on the first page of results.  Do you still think it is acceptable to treat your email as non-records, non-information, and, nonchalantly?

By the way, Googling "emails faked" returned only 1,120 hits, and did not include any of the aforementioned names.  Ironically, the only headline where the emails proved good behavior was in the case of Sarah Palin, whose emails were released after a blitzkrieg media campaign to reveal the real truth about her.  So, perhaps you should reconsider your nonchalant approach?  I mean, if we know "emails prove" is the presumption, wouldn't you prefer knowing what they prove, before your opposition does, and before any attention-grabbing headlines are published?   In case you need further justification, here are a few links to some of my older posts on the subject of pro-actively managing your email:

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