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Posted at 7:57 PM ET, 09/17/2010

What Fenty needed to hear

By editors

By Sally G. Kranz

As someone who has spent years as a public relations and public policy professional in Washington, I’ve been mystified over these past months as to why there wasn’t someone in D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s circle with the guts to tell him the truth about his actions and manner.

Obviously, Fenty needed to hear that despite his accomplishments, he was suffering from problems and shortcomings that threatened his reelection chances. The Sept. 16 front-page story “The unmaking of a mayor” makes clear that several of Mr. Fenty’s advisers and friends did try to make these points, only to be shot down.

Well, soon Fenty will be gone, but professional advisers everywhere would do well to use this story as a case history for their clients who think they know what is best for themselves and turn their backs on staff and others who often have a far better sense of public perception.

By editors  | September 17, 2010; 7:57 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty  
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Posted by: Nicnamibia | September 17, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: starclimber9 | September 17, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Kranz,

Fenty was the classic case of the Emperor with the so-called New Clothes. He refused to hear anything negative, and he set up his Administration specifically to ensure that he wouldn't be told anything negative. He muzzled or fired anyone who dared to challenge or disagree with him. And to the extent that, during the campaign, Fenty's advisors tried to get him to understand the extent and probable effects of his delusion, Fenty didn't want to believe them and so refused to truly hear them.

Your lesson is a worthwhile one, but nothing could have gotten this person to accept it.

Posted by: nan_lynn | September 18, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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