Via Task & Purpose, exactly the right message to send to a group of servicemen and women who’ve been demoralized by sickness, then by the firing of a captain whom most seem to regard as a hero, and then by the news that the captain himself is sick with coronavirus.
Seems like the perfect moment to sh*t on the guy in front of them. Listen below to the recording of acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly addressing the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt about Capt. Brett Crozier’s termination and you’ll hear one sailor respond to the line about Crozier being “stupid” with a resounding “What the f***?!”
It makes me laugh that Modly fired Crozier for leaking (or, rather, for enabling a leak by circulating his letter about a COVID-19 outbreak on the ship too widely) and now this recording of his tone-deaf address has promptly leaked too. This is how you turn ordinary PR disasters into material for the next history book about legendary PR disasters: