Announcing the 2013 Weiner Award Winners

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    This is one award you DON’T want to win!

    We used to be able to make fools of ourselves privately, but social media has made it painfully easy to self-destruct publicly. That’s why we created the Weiner Awards – to educate through entertaining, and hope others learn from the examples set by the Weiner winners.

    Now, after culling nominees from a field of many and passing them along to our expert panel of judges for final scoring and selection, the winners of the first-ever Weiner Awards have been decided.

    Here’s a little preview:

    3rd PLACE – A tie between Greg Gopman, head of AngelHack in San Francisco, and Taylor Palmisano, who was finance director for Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI).

    Gopman evinced a well-upturned nose when he bashed every indigent resident of San Francisco and the city itself on his Facebook page, wailing, “The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves.” Unfortunately, he couldn’t fire himself.

    “He doesn’t understand the basic responsibility of a CEO. Others will look to your behavior as an example, good or bad,” said Merrie Spaeth of Spaeth Communications.

    Palmisano’s broad-spectrum racist comments were enshrined by Twitter, resulting in her dismissal.

    CK Syme’s honcho Chris Syme warned, “People show their true colors thinking that they’re only communicating with their friends, forgetting that some snarky friends might share it elsewhere.”

    You’ll have to check out the official press release to see who took 2nd and 3rd, and don’t forget to head on over to the Weiner Awards Facebook page afterwards to let us know what you think of our judge’s decision!

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    [Jonathan Bernstein is president of Bernstein Crisis Management, Inc., an international crisis management consultancy, author of Manager’s Guide to Crisis Management and Keeping the Wolves at Bay – Media Training. Erik Bernstein is Social Media Manager for the firm, and also editor of its newsletter, Crisis Manager]