April 18, 2006
did i have a plan?
Last night I was thinking about my television interview and I worried a little bit. The reporter and his cameraman spent about an hour here at the Crackerbox and they taped a lot of talking for what is supposed to be a fairly lengthy news segment, maybe as much as five minutes long. (I'm not the only blogger they interviewed.)
I know enough about how television news is produced to realize that what I said and what they do with my words may be two entirely different things when the story hits the air. I was open and honest when I answered their questions, and that shit can backfire on you in the hands of someone with malicious intent.
I don't believe that the reporters were plotting any evil, but I could be wrong. Oh, well. If I was REALLY worried about how I look in the story, I could have refused the interview. I didn't, so let the chips fall where they may now. (Hell--- I might not even be included in the story at all. But I believe that I'm so handsome, articulate, charasmatic and humble that they can't possibly leave ME out!)
I revisited this question last night: "Did you have a plan when you started your blog?"
Shit. A PLAN??? I never had a real good plan for my fucking LIFE, let alone a plan for this blog. I just wanted to write and have somebody read me. I had no idea when I started that my blog would be anything other than a vent for my emotions and a reason to write every day. I never dreamed that the damned thing would cause so much trouble and still give me so much joy.
I just threw stuff at the wall to see if anything stuck there. It did. If that's a plan, then I had one...
RULE #1: Always keep a recording of any interview you do with the press.
As for your plan, hey, you stole mine!
That's why I mentioned yesterday that I hope they're nice to you when all is said and done. I saw the officers of a new company in Oklahoma get all excited about some news coverage as they were about to go public. When the interview aired, their words had been cut off mid-sentence and twisted beyond recognition. The interview was deliberately turned into a negative enough story to destroy the company before it got off the ground. For absolutely NO reason, other than because the news reporter 'wanted' to slant it that way.
I started blogging to end the war on some drugs. That was the plan. It's sort of working. Not that I'm doing it singlehandedly but I was one of the first two drug reform bloggers out there and I've become blogmama to quite a few other blogs -- all of which are more successful than me since I started spreading myself out over three different ones.
Once the DetNews took me on, I figured I could change the world too -- one mind at a time. It's been all downhill from there. Mostly I blog because I love to write and it blows my mind that people come and read what I have to say.
Oh yeah, never trust the media. I was misquoted so many times by the newspapers back in Noho that I wouldn't make a comment unless they let me email it in, so they could cut and paste it.
Hopefully this interview will work out okay though. Doesn't sound like they had an axe to grind and I do hope somebody gets it up on the net so we can all enjoy it.
Congrats on the press from the "old media" folks. You will have to provide a link when one is available so we can all share in your glory.
Rob, where and when will this be on? I hope we can get it up here...
I got screwed by a TV reporter when I was a teenager -- mangling the interview to get the slant they needed, and to hell with what the kid really said. (Amusingly enough, I went to the town's newspaper and they were quite happy to take the TV crew down a peg in the Saturday issue.)
Never talk to a reporter if you can help it. If you must, record everything, letting them know in advance that any "creative editing" will result in a visit to court.
I was beginning to believe you until you threw out the word 'humble'!!!!
I have seen the interview. It was, oddly enough, outsourced here for editing (happens a lot these days as it's as simple as a digital transmission here and then back with the finished product).
Anyhow, the ATF should be kicking in your front door soon. You gotta helmet of any sort? A full football uniform provides a lot of protection. I'd start wearing it around.