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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1388] Re: EZ


Thread: [IAC-L:1388] Re: EZ

Message: [IAC-L:1388] Re: EZ

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From: shamrock at (Patrick Clyne)

Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 08:58:25 UTC


 Harley Carnes' advice on dealing with the media is excellent!  It would be
even better if it were buffed up and included as an article in Sport Aero-
batics (Karen - are you listening?).  The EAA is expending a great deal
of effort - quite appropriately - enticing young people to become inter-
ested in aviation.  Educating the rest of society on the wonders, and
the safety of general and sport aviation is as important to the long term
success of this activity.

Harley, your comments are right on the mark - I've invited a reporter for 
a ride tomorrow - say, if a push, pull push humpty is inappropriate, is
a double outside snap on a verticle down-line OK? <G>

Patrick Clyne

>  A couple of thoughts from an insider.  I anchor 5 hours a day on WCBS
>Newsradio in NYC.  
>   1 - News people are basically ignorant about aviation.
>   2 - News people are basically ignorant about the chemical industry.
>   3 - News people are basically ignorant about medical issues. 
>   It follows right on down the list.  
>   They are not endowed, very often, with native knowledge about any
>subject - but they tend to learn a few facts and begin to SOUND like
>they have some expertise.  
>    There is also the public psychology that expects news people to have
>a clue - to be tapped in - and therefore to be believable on whatever
>the subject of the moment may be.  
>    There is a truism about dealing with the media.  You must take them
>by the hand and make it simple - while trying not to appear to step on
>the toes of their inflated egos.  These egos are inflated by the glow of
>public attention, and the aforementioned notion that somehow the
>vicarious observers of life have some notion of what the actual do-ers
>of life experience.  After a while, they begin to believe it.  
>    So - enough digression and self flaggelation. 
>    Invite reporters to go for a ride in your little airplane.  Couch
>the invitation something like this:  "I've noticed that among so many
>reporters who seem to know so little about what they report, YOU - are a
>golden exception.  YOU exhibit an intelligence rarely seen, (he/she
>already believes this - trust me) and I just want to say thank you - by
>giving you an opportunity to actually fly this airplane of mine.  You'll
>have an exclusive. (this is an important word), and those of us in
>aviation will be blessed by a fair and unbiased report. 
>    Feel free to embellish, expand upon, and in short, lay it on thick. 
>They'll lap it up. 
>    If you get lucky, you'll get a good one.
>     Word of warning: 
>If the following questions come up: 
>1. - Ever had a close call? 
>2. - What's the scariest thing you ever experienced? 
>3. - Why do you think John Denver crashed? 
>These are the answers: 
>1. -  Nope.  Every pilot I know flies carefully, and as professionally
>as possible - because, after all when we are up there in our airplanes
>with our friends and families, we are more interested than anyone else
>in arriving safely at our destination. 
>2. -  Scary things in aviation are vastly overrated.  Fact is, they
>rarely happen.  That's why, like fish stories, they tend to get better
>and better with repeated telling.  Sorry to be a disappointment on that
>score, friend, but the gospel truth is - God really is my co-pilot. 
>3. -  That's a real mystery.  That's why it'll take the NTSB experts 6
>months or more to figure it out.  It would be irresponsible of me to
>   Above all - do not - do NOT - do anything unexpected in your ride
>with aforementioned reporter - even though you may be sorely tempted to
>toss in an innocent little pull-push-pull humpty just for grins. 
>Whew,I feel a lot better. 
>Harley Carnes 
>WCBS Radio - NYC 
>Pitts S1T /  IAC #22895


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