We've written before about Hunt Scanlon and their jaw-dropping history of malfeasance. Hunt Scanlon claim to operate a team of "trusted, experienced reporters and editors" on all things "human capital" but actually also run a PR company (AERIS | Media Group) and have a gobsmacking, shameful track record of receiving embezzled funds from the management of search firms.
Hunt Scanlon don't like transparency: they recently reworked their web site and prevented reader comments without moderators' approval. It appears they did this to stop people shining a light or asking questions on their relationship with DHR or Hunt Scanlon's role in the demise of the Whitney Group and CTPartners. The Whitney saga led to the 2009 bankruptcy of both Christopher Hunt and Scott Scanlon. While bankruptcy allows you to erase some of your debts, it does not allow you to expunge your nefarious actions. Hunt Scanlon rose from the ashes as if nothing ever happened. The front page of their web site refers to the fact they have been "defining and informing the senior talent management sector for over 25 years" indicating the direct lineage of the new Hunt Scanlon Media to the failed venture that made off with the misappropriated Whitney loot.
We've previously emailed questions to Hunt Scanlon about their relationship with DHR International but they have not responded. We can only suspect that this is because what others have told us about their relationship with DHR is true.
Some examples of Bushey's inaccuracies:
- Bushey quotes Scott Scanlon as an expert. A quick web or press search would have revealed Scanlon's track record. Scanlon makes the laughable claim that “DHR's moves this summer will definitely change the playing field among the top search firms. There's now a new, significant rival.” What incredible hyperbole!
- Bushey quotes Executive Search Review as a source for the size of DHR's revenue. But, as covered on our web site, DHR's numbers have been inflated to make it look bigger than it is. Even worse, Bushey refers to Executive Search Review as if it is a different source of information but, as we all know, it is still Scott Scanlon working on behalf of DHR.
- She claims "the largest chunk of CTPartners' $172.5 million in revenue will go to DHR" and quotes Geoff Hoffmann: “The biggest attraction for us was the European footprint, which we were able to secure largely intact.” This isn't true, as we have shown, most of the CTPartners' European team have not joined DHR.
- Bushey states "But by the time [DHR International] finalized a deal in July for 14 offices and 210 of CTPartners' employees, much of the struggling firm's top talent already had departed." Firstly, DHR have not acquired 14 offices nor 210 employees. Secondly, actually 78% of CTPartners' consultants were still there at July 1, 2015. The fact is that 80% of that 78% actively elected not to join DHR.
- Are you able to let us know whether any part of Crain's received any money from DHR or its associates or agencies?
- Are you able to confirm whether you verified Hoffmann's or Scanlon's claims?
Journalists ought to follow the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics, "to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough." This includes a need to, among other things:
- "Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived."
- "Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story."
- "Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story."
- "Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate."
- "Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not."
- "Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage."
- "Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content."
- "Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness."
- "Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly."
But not all journalists do a poor job. Tip of the hat Dawna Jones of the Huffington Post and her focus on the DHR/CTPartners/Caldwell Partners saga. In an opinion piece, entitled "The Value of Transparency in Dealing With a Merger & Acquisition", Ms Jones even referred to this, our humble web site.
"People either impacted by the CTPartners takeover, or learning from it, had access to a site dedicated to assembling publicly available information on DHR. Here, transparency played a part in shining the spotlight on what was going on behind the scenes, including issues that were not being discussed in the mainstream media."By the way, we don't claim to be journalists, reporters or even independent. But we do allow people to make comments and we do respond to emails. If we are wrong, we will correct the record. We'd like to see Hunt Scanlon and Crain's to offer the same transparency.