Why did the staff of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. release a statement today? A statement on an elected official, who, let’s face it, is currently MIA (and has been for more than 2 weeks), doesn’t need to make the situation worse. If anything, it should inform constituents as to what is going on or not be released at all. In short: Tell it or shut up.
Let’s go over the statement, which was released earlier today: “Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time … At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility. According to the preliminary diagnosis from his doctors, Congressman Jackson will need to receive extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter. We ask that you keep Congressman Jackson and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period…”
No information on where the Congressman is, what he’s being treated for, whether he can continue his job or the details of the mystery ailment at hand. Some of that info is probably not known which is another reason to shut up. And indicating “emotional ailments” makes people speculate the Congressman has a mental problem. Wouldn’t saying absolutely nothing been a better idea? What did the vague mystery statement produce? Answer: Reporters. Staying silent today would have produced better results.
A CBS reporter in Chicago ended up going by the Congressman’s house, something he probably would not have done were it not for the statement. What also did the statement produce: Endless speculation about mental health. Instead of hitting the press beehive how about stop playing games and tell what’s going on — it will come out eventually anyway…