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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Darkstream: why you don't talk to the media



From the transcript:

It doesn't even matter what you do or what you say, the narrative is already written, the story has already been laid out. All they're doing now when they talk to you is getting kill quotes and getting words that they can then spin to claim that they've given you a fair shake. You see, when they contact you, what they tell you is that they want to give you your chance to tell your side of the story, and the thing is, the clear implication is already there! You know, they're already signalling what they're  going to do to you because the other side of the story, the story that is not your side of the story, is the narrative.

The way they portray it is, well, so-and-so has said something about you, or there is this belief that X or Y or Z is true about you, what's your version of that? And what they want you to do is they want you to play defense to their prosecuting attorney. That's the whole idea! You are there to be the subject of the interrogation and they are the stars who are prosecuting you. Now, of course that's why they want to talk to you! They don't need you to verify any facts, they will completely ignore anything that you say if you manage to somehow miraculously defang and conclusively disprove an assertion that was part of their narrative.

At most what they will do is simply omit that part. They will never make the false charge and then allow you to disprove it, so it's a situation where you literally cannot win because the deck is stacked. You're in a courtroom of public opinion where the arresting officer, the judge, the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney are all the same person, they're all the reporter.

And here's the other thing that you need to understand: it usually isn't the reporter who dictates the narrative... so the best way that you can defang them, the best way that you control them, is to simply not talk to them! Because they need content, they need your comments, and the stories that they are writing do not do not work without your participation, that's why they're always looking for your participation.

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10 Comments:

Blogger LogicTsunami July 01, 2018 8:41 AM  

"And what they want you to do is they want you to play defense to their prosecuting attorney. That's the whole idea! You are there to be the subject of the interrogation and they are the stars who are prosecuting you. Now, of course that's why they want to talk to you! They don't need you to verify any facts, they will completely ignore anything that you say if you manage to somehow miraculously defang and conclusively disprove an assertion that was part of their narrative."

This sounds eerily similar to how Solzhenitsyn described the Soviet legal process in 'Gulag Archipelago'. It didn't matter if you were innocent, what mattered is that your statements of defense fit the prosecutions narrative.

Blogger FUBARwest July 01, 2018 8:55 AM  

"This sounds eerily similar to how Solzhenitsyn described the Soviet legal process in 'Gulag Archipelago'."

Unlike the right, the left learns what worked in the past and uses it. That is slowly changing now.

Blogger Phillip George July 01, 2018 9:13 AM  

took your advice Vox. I haven't granted one single interview with a major network.

Blogger Fernando Negro July 01, 2018 10:09 AM  

"Boycott corporate media!"

(I have been saying this for 17 years, now... But, a lot of people who fight the establishment have not yet got the full picture of how this type of media behaves...)

Mass media are always going to distort whatever you say... (Eitherwise, they wouldn't want to talk to us.) So, there's no advantage whatsoever in talking to them.

If you have some important message to transmit to people, use the alternative media outlets - or better yet, if you have a lot to say, build your own alternative media.

Even if the mass media would not want to distort what we want to say, in a particular case, that would be counterproductive (if your objective is to make people don't pay attention to them, anymore) - because that would then give them some credibility, and make people who are already "awake" still want to listen to them, once in a while.

We "destroy" the (lying, distorting, and immensely omitting) corporate media (and, therefore, its real importance) simply by ignoring them.

Blogger TM Lutas July 01, 2018 11:27 AM  

I have a solopreneur effort called Citizen Intelligence. It came about literally because I came up with an idea that I thought was useful but not in my field so I tried to give it away through some contacts I had with contractors with the Chicago Tribune. The response that came back was astonishing.

They turned it down on the grounds that the idea was great but it needed approximately 17 sign offs to get to the c-level people who could actually implement it and 14 of them would lose their jobs by the necessary flattening of the org chart that accompanied my idea so nobody would ever bother even trying.

I tried this with other news organizations, same response. Lacking alternatives and seeing the bad place the republic would go to without a news media with a viable 21st century business plan, I took the ball and have been running it myself.

This puts me in a somewhat minority position.

I know, going in, that I necessarily threaten the reporter and 90% of his bosses. It is my business plan after all. If I do manage to scrape together enough funds to do the thing properly, media contacts are occasions to sow confusion within the enemy and pick up necessary technical talent.

It's a very different optic, but I don't imagine that it's relevant to more than 1% of the readership here. I mention it as a potential exception to the rule and await my cruelty artist filleting with interest. I'm always looking for someone to punch holes in my ideas before I waste more money on the bad ones. Here I get the service for free

Blogger Revelation Means Hope July 01, 2018 11:44 AM  

spoke with someone at church this weekend who took a class at a TV station about 35 years ago titled "How to do interviews". He thought it would help him with job interviews but it turned out to be an intense course (free) on how to best conduct TV interviews.

How to seize control of the interview - lighting, body language, stance, where you hold the microphone (even 1 inch has a huge impact on the voice and body language of the interviewee), taking their position of power and confidence away, camera angles.

How to phrase the question to get people angry, sad, confused, whatever it takes to get a good quote that you want. Or to force them to stalk angrily away and look foolish and criminal.

How to set up the interview, to trick people into agreeing to the interview....

Yes, THEY have their side of the story-telling refined for centuries (and I believe with dark supernatural help to boot).

And if you somehow beat them, yes, it can happen.....they can suddenly cut away due to technical difficulties (if it is live), or just omit that portion (if pre-recorded).

You can't win fighting the enemy on his turf, using his weapons, his supplies, his supply lines, and his channels of communication.

Blogger James Dixon July 01, 2018 6:03 PM  

> You can't win fighting the enemy on his turf, using his weapons, his supplies, his supply lines, and his channels of communication.

Yes, as long as they have control of what goes on the air or gets printed, you're going to lose. It's that simple. Any success you have simply won't be aired. Vox is completely correct. And, as you note, even a live event will be interrupted if necessary.

Blogger weka July 01, 2018 9:13 PM  

Just had to block someone who is Twitter stalking. It is not merely the reporters

Blogger Dirk Manly July 02, 2018 5:14 AM  

@5

Contact me via Vox. He has my email address.

Blogger Expendable Faceless Minion July 02, 2018 11:43 AM  

After the interview, when the cameras are "off", they'll launch the 'juat between us friends' portion. Remember, the cameras are ON znd recording everything.

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