Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My Best Headline Ever

I'm having a big ol' YIKES moment- go see why at this article by the Associated French Press.

Since this is MY blog, I'll offer my $.02. For the record, I disagreed with her when she referred to me as an 'expert'- I am by no means an expert on sex offenders. I know a hell of a lot about Georgia's sex offender residency and employment restrictions, but thats where it ends. The reporter also failed to state at any point that what the French president was proposing was chemical castration- she just kept referring to "castration" which understandably I'm sure, was very shocking to me. And finally, she told me that this was just a background interview and I told her I didn't want to be quoted, but that I was happy to help her think through her story.

When I said the line that ultimately became the headline I couched it specifically as "Please don't print that- I don't want my mother calling and fussing at me about talking about penises to the media." I was of course joking, don't think my Mom would really mind considering she works for a urologist and all. I was just trying to make it clear to her that I didn't want to be quoted. And here we are: a whole article with multiple quotes from yours truly being syndicated around the world. Yikes.

Anyway, I had to clear the air, and now I can laugh at myself. Who else me would have this luck? Who else but me has to talk on this level at their work? I still think I make a good point. Yikes!


Reem Tara said...

she should have just credited the article to you, since you wrote the whole thing. what a knob.

blasterpal said...

That sort of sucks. I guess you can't really trust ANYONE even if you say it's off the record, unless you have your lawyer present:)

Anonymous said...

You still make a good point.

This happened to me once--an 'information call' that was an hour in length got creatively edited to one out of context sentence that was all over