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TV Reporters Outside LGS

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by zorro45, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. zorro45

    zorro45 Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    My local gunshop has been in the news recently and as I approached today, I was confronted by a TV reporter and cameraman. For a variety of reasons I did not want to speak with them on camera, although I am fairly well-versed on 2A issues. I do want to advertise to the local riff-raff that I have guns, etc. and am probably not a good enough public speaker to go one-on-one with someone who practices catching politicians and public officials off-guard every day.
    The downside is I missed an opportunity to be a spokesman for something important. How would others handle this?
  2. Highland Ranger

    Highland Ranger Senior Member

    Nov 11, 2003
    New Jersey Highlands
    Sounds like you feel bad about it. Don't. Odds are they'd edit what you said to your detriment so even if you were the best speaker in the world there'd be no gain.

    They key going forward will be to forgo the lens of the media and communicate directly to people. The media as we know it today is already marginalized by their lack of integrity, and will be nothing but a historical footnote in ten years time. Let's speed them on their way.

    Focus your efforts on quietly and politely speaking up to correct misconceptions during everyday conversation. Forget about being the perfect orator.together we'll get more done talking to folks one at a time.
  3. Cooldill

    Cooldill Mentor

    Nov 19, 2011
    Don't feel bad. If the last few weeks have reinforced anything is that I don't trust the media. I personally would have avoided being on camera.
  4. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

    Aug 20, 2012
    With editing they can make you look/sound however they want. I did a casual piece with a local TV station for Veteran's day talking about how I felt about it before I deployed. They edited in reporter commentary that said I had PTSD just from the fear of deploying that wasn't part of the interview. Haven't spoken to media since.
  5. bainter1212

    bainter1212 Participating Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I would've stayed off camera, Highland Ranger is right they will edit your statement to make it fit their story. Someone probably will give them their interview, unfortunately that someone is entirely likely to not be burdened with an over-abundance of schooling, making us all look bad anyway.
  6. browneu

    browneu Active Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    That's terrible. I never trust the media. They'll do anything to make something se more sensational.

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  7. heeler

    heeler Senior Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    Dont feel bad.
    Speaking with the media is always dicey.
    Case in point.
    In the 1980's I was working at a motorcycle dealership and a news reporter wanted to speak with the general manager about motorcycles and ATV's.
    The reporter and her associates did a fine job of editing the footage and was really going after the three wheel ATV's that were later banned.
    He was furious and basically said never again!

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