Those who become involved with the Mens Human Rights Movement as it grows often attract attention from the media. A few words of advice when dealing with the press:
1) You have every right to speak to anyone you want about anything you want. Please just be sure when you talk to media that you do not represent yourself as speaking for anyone but yourself, unless you are a representative of MHRI.
2) It's important to record any conversation you have with a reporter, and keep a copy of it. While most jouranlists are honest, some will misquote, quote out of context, twist your intent, and more. Even a very honest and scrupulous reporter can misunderstand you. Thus, we recommend a “trust but verify” approach: give honest answers, but don’t assume your answers will be reported honestly.
3) Please do yourself a favour and choose your words carefully. If you have to pause to think about an answer, that does not make you look shifty or insecure. It makes you look thoughtful. You can easily blurt out something that’s really hard to take back later. What sounds like a funny joke or an obviously true remark may come off completely wrong when it’s printed later. Even a video or audio interview can be edited in a way that makes you look like you were saying something completely the opposite of your intent. “I hate when women, or men, lie about rape” can easily be edited into “women…lie about rape.” Don’t let that be done to you.
4) Check your facts and know what you're talking about. Never be afraid to say something like, “I’m not sure I have a good understanding on that, let me get back to you,” and to come to us or others in the movement to ask for advice.
5) If a reporter grossly mischaracterizes you or your remarks, try to let us know. Depending on the severity of the misquote, we may just give you some supportive private words, but we just might put it on the front page, if the distortion is egregious enough.
6) If it transpires that you were speaking on our behalf without our permission, or you say something that is grossly at odds with what we stand for at MHRI, expect to hear from us about that too.
And remember: if you didn’t record it, we probably can’t help you.
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