If an employee, unbeknownst to me, harasses another employee, I’m the person who is made to accept the responsibility for those actions. If a reporter reports the wrong facts, misspells a name, or forgets to cover an event it’s a direct reflection on the company and it’s my phone that rings. If one of our sales staff forgets to run an ad, charges the customer the wrong price, schedules it to run the wrong size or forgets to have it designed with color or the graphics person who creates the ad misidentifies the picture or product, I’m the person who must accept responsibility for those errors.
Even if the postal service is late with delivery or misses delivering the paper to a home, they won’t make restitution to me or the company, yet I must cover the cost to get a replacement paper to the customer and offer my apologies.
Any error or accident made within our organization mandates that I as the owner of the company am ultimately responsible. I wouldn’t have it any other way and I believe our readers and customers should expect nothing less then having the buck ultimately stop at my desk. It just comes with the territory — like it or not.
So why do the folks in government think they can simply side step major blunders and deliberate illegal actions and not be held accountable? Why do we have these double standards, after all these elected officials and public servants work for us … at least that’s what they want us to believe. As always it will be interesting to watch these events unfold as the truth trickles out and we discover who gets blamed (thrown under the bus) and who is really responsible for the actions of our government officials.
We will see just who steps up to the plate.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.