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I have had dealings with the press in the past. The experience has usually been disappointing. Too often I have found that the reporter was more interested in advancing their own agenda, or that of their publisher, director, or owners.
I don't appreciate having my thoughts and words diluted to the point of being no more pertinent than a bumper sticker. I try to express myself coherently, in full sentences and complete paragraphs.
I realize that television and radio are media with time limits. They deal in soundbites, which often results in only the most controversial statements by the interviewee being broadcast.
I understand the limitations that must be placed on interviews in print media. There are only so many column inches that are available. Valuable ink must be designated, first and foremost, to advertisers.
I would appreciate it, that if you ask me for an interview, that you meet me without preconcieved notions of what my agenda is. Listen to my answers to your questions, rather than just thinking of what your next question is to be.
I would prefer to answer queries in written form, so that I have an opportunity to give your questions the amount of attention they deserve. I would rather not participate in an exercise of "gotcha journalism."
Most importantly, when you do report about the conversation we have. Be fair, be concise, and be honest.