By Geoffrey Stackhouse, Managing Director, Clarity Solutions
This is one of the most tragic media interviews I’ve seen in a long time.
For once it’s not a slimy and untruthful interviewee being exposed by a superhero journalist. This one is a vicious knife job on an untrained, naïve but well-meaning volunteer – Doreen Ford, the longest serving moderator on Reddit.
It’s like watching a puppy being slaughtered.
You can watch the full interview here – its only about three minutes long – and while Jesse Watters has a reputation as a hostile interviewer, remember this is purely an own goal.
So many lessons here but my #1 take out is a media policy, a good media advisor and some basic training can save your organisation’s reputation as well as your own. After this aired, the Reddit thread went private for 24 hours and now appears to have been taken down. Doreen has been stripped of her responsibilities and is probably struggling to find a reason to live.
Doreen starts well but she loses it after she engages on the idea of laziness. Rather than swallow that poison, she should have pivoted to a really tight message on fairness and equity to achieve a more productive balance. That way she might have turned the tables on this trainwreck.
Sadly, Doreen fidgets and fails to make eye contact, actions later reported to be the result of a medical condition. Then there’s the background and the lighting …
So what should Doreen have done differently?
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