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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Don't talk to the media, part CXIV

 Clay Travis learns why you don't talk to the media, even if you own a media company yourself:

It’s important to note what is going on here.

1. The Washington Post published a dishonest and factually incorrect article about me.

2. When I published the actual transcript of their questions and my responses to those questions the paper changed an inaccurate quote and made a notation at the bottom of an online article that almost no one would see.

3. No one at the paper reached out to acknowledge they’d misquoted me or to apologize for their error.

4. These mistakes were made even though I told the paper I was recording our interview and would publish the transcript if their article took my quotes out of context or incorrectly quoted me.

5. The only reason any of you even know this error occurred — or about how dishonest and untrue the piece they wrote was — is because I own my own media company and can demonstrate all the dishonesty in their work by publishing a transcript and response on this site.

Put simply, the paper, which allegedly prides itself on journalistic accuracy, mischaracterized and misconstrued everything I said to them and even though they only used 94 words from me, they couldn’t even correctly quote what I said and publish it in their article.

What’s more, when they were caught publishing factually incorrect information, they made a quiet alteration and refused to even notify the person they wrote about, me, that they’d corrected the error.

If this happened in a relatively inconsequential article about me, how often does it happen in more consequential articles about people much more significant than me?

Well, I am appalled. I am aghast. Who would ever have anticipated that the media would utilize an interview for a hit piece? Notice that the reporter interviewed him for more than an hour. At 28 single-space pages, the transcript probably amounted to over 7,500 words, most of which would have been his. And from all that, they used 94 of his own words in the subsequent hit piece that proved to be factually inaccurate.

Smart Boys, please notice that Travis followed your very clever advice to tell the reporter that he was recording the interview, as well as the fact that doing so made absolutely no difference at all even though his microphone at Outkick is a lot closer to the size of the Washington Post's than yours or mine. 

Don't. Talk. To. The. Media.

But if you want to show everyone how very important you are, just tell the reporter to feel free to email you the questions, then post them on your site, unanswered or not as you prefer, without emailing them back. They will quickly learn to stop contacting you.

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38 Comments:

Blogger Daniel September 17, 2020 4:24 PM  

ESPECIALLY if you own a media company yourself. Why in hell would you give business to a competitor in order for them to undercut you in the market?

Build your own platforms THEN STAY ON THEM.

Blogger Unknownsailor September 17, 2020 4:37 PM  

In the coming festivities, media people should be at the top of your local accountability list. Not #1, but close.

Blogger Coyotewise September 17, 2020 4:44 PM  

Its always refreshing to observe the likes of Travis and Whitlock ingest a redder shade of pill. They are clearly trying to do to FoxSports what FoxSports should have done to ESPN

Blogger sappbe September 17, 2020 4:59 PM  

Being a fan of Outkick and longtime daily lurker here at VP I wasn't the least bit surprised by the Post's actions when I read that. Hopefully next time they take their earlier approach; Whitlock had me in tears.

Blogger APL September 17, 2020 5:06 PM  

"5. The only reason any of you even know this error occurred .. "

Still calling it a 'error'. Much to learn, Clay has.

Blogger OK September 17, 2020 5:10 PM  

Absolutely. Never talk to the media. I get the impression, though, from Clay that he was satisfied with how this all worked out, and that the rather breathless tone he struck in that post was done for rhetorical purposes.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 17, 2020 5:16 PM  

FWIW your advice on posting the questions is spot on.

Blogger Jeroth September 17, 2020 5:20 PM  

People seem to think "Enemy of the People" is hyperbole. It isn't. Interviewing with our media is just as bad, if not worse than appearing in foreign media for a hostile nation during war time. You don't do it. Period.

Blogger Wormwood September 17, 2020 5:26 PM  

Clay Travis provided a valuable service. He demonstrated the dishonesty of the media. Now, most anyone reading this comment already believes the media is dishonest, but there are many normies who like sports who need some convincing. Clay Travis goes a long way with that convincing.

Blogger MichaelJMaier September 17, 2020 5:27 PM  

This is their site's punishment for not gagging down BLM's bullshit, for standing up for Jesus Christ, the truth and America. Those of us here already know that.

Blogger Reader September 17, 2020 5:30 PM  

The MSM is the enemy, a very real enemy that would celebrate your destruction along with everything you hold dear. This enemy has no morals, no ethics, no integrity, no conscience. If you give the media an interview you are putting yourself smack in the middle of enemy territory with no chance of escape. They WILL have their way with you and there is not a damn thing you can do about it. Everything the media puts out is at best garbage, at worst, Satanic. Do not permit this enemy to impose its evil on you.

Will people understand, really understand, that they are in a war now and that the enemy is targeting them in every possible way, at all times? These boiled frogs have lost all feeling in their nerve endings.

Blogger Gregory the Tall September 17, 2020 5:39 PM  

I remember listening to an interview with Russell Brand during which he unnerved the interviewer by constantly asking questions himself instead of answering the reporter's questions. Quite funny, works only for live settings.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 17, 2020 5:41 PM  

The media must love online publishing. So easy to go back and "correct" things. So much easier than the days of Pravda, when literal airbrushing was required.

Blogger Winterborn1337 September 17, 2020 5:47 PM  

Why do the media bother to do an interview first? It would save a lot of time and effort to just make up quotes and pretend they’re from the target, and it wouldn’t be any more dishonest...

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 17, 2020 5:56 PM  

But Vox! The first amendment grants them the right to outright lie about everything and destroy a civilization! Free speeeeaaaach!

BTW who was it that used to make journalists actually travel to meet up with him and then not show up? Some firebrand type whose name escapes me. He used to post about it on Twitter to much hilarity.

Blogger Bullitt315 September 17, 2020 6:22 PM  

@doctorjeep

Pax dickinson

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot September 17, 2020 6:34 PM  

Modern "media" is a first past the post game, so once their story comes out, your reaction is already irrelevant. This is hardly something new, nor is the "correction" printed in 6 point type on page 76, but still people fail to learn from the mistakes of others.

And Jeff Bezos is a pedophist.

Blogger FUBARwest September 17, 2020 6:47 PM  

Clay strikes me as a man who hasn't bought the ticket . . . yet. But it probably also hasn't been offered to him, yet.

Vox, or anyone really, is it worth someone like Clay doing this to expose how dishonest the media is to the millions of people who read/listen to him. Optimistically this could be him magnifying the dishonest media with his platform. He knew this would happen due to the Daily Caller situation that happened a couple weeks before this one. Hopefully it wasn't him being a smart boy.

Blogger Darayvus September 17, 2020 6:54 PM  

There are a very few people who can do more damage to media scum than the media scum can do in return. Clay Travis is almost one of these people.
But even Clay Travis is, here, going back to The Jerk Store; he is reacting to the hit piece. But so what? The hit is still out there, with idiots on Twitter passing it along.
And if Clay Travis can't win, neither can we. At least, not on the field of battle which the media has chosen for us.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 September 17, 2020 6:56 PM  

Doktor Jeep wrote:But Vox! The first amendment grants them the right to outright lie about everything and destroy a civilization! Free speeeeaaaach!

BTW who was it that used to make journalists actually travel to meet up with him and then not show up? Some firebrand type whose name escapes me. He used to post about it on Twitter to much hilarity.


Pax Dickinson.

The funny thing is, I don't think Pax was ever involved with Arkhaven Comics, even though he was contacted about it.

Blogger VD September 17, 2020 7:30 PM  

Is it worth someone like Clay doing this to expose how dishonest the media is

If they don't know by now, one more example is hardly going to convince them.

Blogger rikjames.313 September 17, 2020 7:31 PM  

I was at a law seminar years ago and they had an hour about the media. The things I remember best are that if you are called by a reporter, they already know what the story is and they are only calling you are a quote. And...unlike in law... a quote for a reporter is not exact, they are able to change what you said to better suit their story.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 17, 2020 7:37 PM  

The media's approval rating is already lower than that of used car salesmen and ambulance chasers. The only people who still trust them are unreachable. There's no point in setting yourself up to be slandered in the hopes of proving a point to someone.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 17, 2020 8:04 PM  

VD wrote:If they don't know by now, one more example is hardly going to convince them.
Clay's not dumb. He knew it was going to happen. I assume it was a PR move more than anything else.

Blogger Doktor Jeep September 17, 2020 8:30 PM  

Aha! Yes it was Pax Dickinson! Thanks!

Blogger Noah B. September 17, 2020 8:39 PM  

This is like watching grownups playing with matches and being surprised to learn that gasoline is flammable.

Blogger doctrev September 17, 2020 8:43 PM  

VD wrote:

If they don't know by now, one more example is hardly going to convince them.


Clay probably knows his audience better than anyone here. My guess is that many Outkick fans are aggressively apolitical, and probably wouldn't care unless it affected someone they followed all the time- grievously so.

But even then, Clay is probably wrong and Vox is probably right. Whatever advantage you think you can get, however resilient you think you are, DON'T TALK TO THE MEDIA. The only reason you should actually say that "I don't talk to enemies of the people" is when someone is about to have their brains blown out.

Blogger johndoe03526 September 17, 2020 8:52 PM  

Don't talk to the enemies of the people.

Blogger Valtandor Nought September 17, 2020 9:25 PM  

Winterborn1337 wrote:Why do the media bother to do an interview first? It would save a lot of time and effort to just make up quotes and pretend they’re from the target, and it wouldn’t be any more dishonest...

I can only suppose that it's because, "I was misquoted and/or my words were taken out of context," sounds a lot more hollow as a denial than, "What are these people talking about? None of them ever so much as spoke to me."

And if you're a public figure and the sort to sue for libel, "Miss R. Eporterette couldn't possibly have mistaken my words, because at the time she says she interviewed me at my office, I was playing a friendly game of poker ten miles away," goes a long way towards establishing "actual malice".

That's my guess anyway. Wiser heads may have other opinions.

Blogger matveidaniilovich September 17, 2020 9:34 PM  

I’m on record for saying that I’ll submit to any video interview as long as I’m provided with a plate of short ribs during said interview.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants September 17, 2020 10:03 PM  

I remember after C'ville a lot of reporterettes beginning to hit me up to ask me how it was I knew so much about the events there, and wanted to "get my take."
No, they did not want "my take." They wanted me to put names to faces and to narc on people. A couple even tried to mildly threaten me that I could be implicated. I told them to pi$$ up a rope.

Never talk to the cops
Never talk to the FBI
Never talk to the IRS
And never, ever, ever talk to the media.

Just stop talking about people and things that aren't your business, in general. I'm amazed at the number of men who turn into gossipy and petty women, online. It's gross when women do it, it's worse when you do it. You should know better.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants September 17, 2020 10:05 PM  

There's no "probably" about it. Travis was 100% wrong.

Blogger MrNiceguy September 17, 2020 10:19 PM  

Number 1 is the pedophiles, 2 is the pedophists. Once you've taken care of those, there's probably no media people left.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( *autistic screeching* ) September 18, 2020 12:49 AM  

there is ONE reason to talk to the media:
to take Normiefags like Scott Ott and rub his face in the stupid crap the MSM pulls every day.

Blogger McChuck September 18, 2020 9:29 AM  

"The Washington Post published a dishonest and factually incorrect article"
He could have stopped right there.

Blogger riffer73 September 18, 2020 10:33 AM  

I agree. I found it incomprehensible that he gave an interview. Of course Travis is a Democrat so maybe he thought the crocodile hadn't caught up to him yet.

Blogger Robert What? September 18, 2020 1:18 PM  

I have made it a practice to never talk to the media. Of course, I've never been asked ;-)

Blogger SirHamster September 19, 2020 2:02 AM  

Valtandor Nought wrote:And if you're a public figure and the sort to sue for libel, "Miss R. Eporterette couldn't possibly have mistaken my words, because at the time she says she interviewed me at my office, I was playing a friendly game of poker ten miles away," goes a long way towards establishing "actual malice".

Talking to the media is consent. Don't consent to play their game on their turf with their rules.

Just like in any other battlefield, information warfare requires picking your battles. Why help your enemy exploit their advantages?

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