Left Blogistan is gloating about how to interview persons attending the Tea Party protests on April 15 to make them look like fools and bigots. I was a reporter for two years of my well-spent youth for the Harford Democrat in Maryland. I have some advice.
Here’s how to give an interview at your Tea Party:
- Prepare for the possibility of being interviewed by writing down three reasons you are attending the Tea Party protest.
- Put those three reasons into a brief statement about 30 seconds long. Write it out, if that helps you organize your thoughts.
- If someone asks to interview you, write down their name, work phone number and e-mail address and ask for their company’s main number if they have claimed to be from a news organization. Call it on your cell phone to verify that such a company really exists. Take a photo of the reporter and camera crew, if there is one. If they consider this a hassle and bail on you, follow them to their next victim and advise that person to request the same info you requested. If you sense they have bad intentions, just stick with them politely and keep prompting any new victims to request their complete info and photo.
- If the reporter gives you the contact info you request and allows you to take a photo of them, then go ahead and let them ask you anything they want.
- However, only answer with your three-point, 30-second speech.
- Give your statement and then thank the reporter and walk away.
That how YOU control the interview.
Here are my three reasons for attending my local Tea Party protest:
- Obama’s proposal to tax charitable donations will reduce what my favorite charities can accomplish and maybe even kill them. Charities can do a better job at many tasks than government can. The arts also would suffer. Charitable donations should not be taxed.
- We are borrowing too much money as a nation. I do not want the United States crippled by debt or to be bankrupted by the out-of-control spending by Obama and the Democrats.
- Obama’s tax increases hurt entrepreneurs and small business persons and will destroy jobs and innovation in our economy. The Bush tax cuts should be renewed and taxes should be cut to create the business climate that will allow entrepreneurs and small businesses to innovate and create jobs.
For more information about the Tea Parties, I recommend:
Little Miss Attila, “Tea Parties Are Racist”
The Other McCain, “Alabama Here I Come!”
Legal Insurrection, Law professor William Jacobson on “Liberal Doughboys afraid of Tea Parties”