The job of a leader is to make decisions, often with imperfect information, but does the intense scrutiny of the 24-hour news cycle mean leaders are damned if they do, damned if they don't?
Consider Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's position this week as controversy swirled around the allegedly racist comments by USDA official Shirley Sherrod. Failure to act could be construed as insensitivity at least and coverup at worst. But acting quickly as he did to remove Sherrod has turned out to be a decision based on too little information. How can today's leaders assess when to move quickly and when to hang back?
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