Reality and Truth in the Politically Correct Organization: The Case of the Dan Rather Memo Debacle at CBS News

20 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2020

Date Written: January 26, 2013

Abstract

Political correctness may be considered to represent control over discourse. If that were all it were, it would be a matter of little concern to organizations. However, organizational decisions involve positions that are proposed and defended through discourse. Hence political correctness must imply control over organizational decision-making, and hence over every aspect of the organization. The implication of this is that the psychological dynamics that underlie political correctness come to be the underlying dynamics of the organization as a whole. I illustrate this through a psychoanalytic investigation of the Dan Rather memo debacle at CBS News.

Keywords: Political Correctness, CBS News, Dan Rather, psychoanalysis, hysteria

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Howard, Reality and Truth in the Politically Correct Organization: The Case of the Dan Rather Memo Debacle at CBS News (January 26, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2207369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2207369

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