‘Scandal’: How real is it?





After a month long hiatus ABC’s “Scandal” will return to the air next week with a new episode sure to satisfy starved viewers.

For those who’ve been living under a rock, Scandal, now in its second season, is a political thriller television show centered around a crisis management firm in Washington D.C.

On the hit show, Kerri Washington plays Crisis Manager Olivia Pope, a “fixer” whose client list includes politicians, millionaires, and religious leaders. 

But how accurate is “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes’ depiction of the high stakes world of crisis management? The New Pittsburgh Courier talked with Pittsburgh’s own Olivia Pope, Warner Macklin III, a crisis manager who also operates in Washington D.C and said the show is overwhelming spot on.

“I do what she does,” Macklin said. “It is accurate. It’s a TV show so you have to throw a little action in there, but as a crisis manager you get the outrageous to the mundane. In some cases people’s lives are on the line or someone might go to jail.”

In true Olivia Pope style, Macklin wouldn’t reveal any former clients or even a crisis he helped a client work through in the past. He said sharing any information about a client goes against everything a crisis manager stands for.

“The best crisis managers can take care of an issue before it becomes public knowledge and that’s essentially what your clients are paying you for, to minimize exposure. That’s what we’re hired to do,” Macklin said. “Most crisis managers go every day without being noticed and those are the best ones.”

Scandal airs Thursdays at 10p.m.



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