Dealing With The Media – The Social Aftermath
“Lights! Camera! OK, nothing more to see here folks!”
•I view media, especially the main stream media, as either “The Good, The Bad, Or The Ugly”. Most, you will find, tends to fit into the latter when it comes to a defensive shooting event from an armed citizen.
•You will find that many reporters will ultimately invade your space, your property, and may sometimes get in your face, or in the face of your family or friends.
•Say nothing to them. Or if you do, remain calm and ask them to remove themselves from your property, or your face. Do not go “on-the-air” answering their questions.
•Ask your family and friends not to talk to the media. Ask the media to respect yours and your family’s privacy.
•If there is no story, no interviews for the media, then they will leave in search of another story to report.
•Do not ever threaten them. I assure you it will end up on every news station.
•If you continue to get calls on your phone from the media, file a harassment report with the police.
•Call the police if they are persistent.
•Say nothing to them, and just hang up.
•Also, watch what you comment on, or respond to on your Facebook, Twitter, email or any other social media or online forum.
Above all, if you think someday you might be involved in a violent self defense situation, remove as much as you can of your 'persona' from facebook. Posting pictures of yourself on the web is not a good idea, as you will be pre-judged just by the way you look.