Strange, self-destructive souls on the Internet
- Internet capers can follow you to the grave and beyond.
- It's tougher to delete stuff from the Web than to post it.
- Be very careful what you say to an interviewer.
- "My goal [in interviews] is to goad people into saying something that ruins their life." —Don Imus
- With print interviews, I ask for a list of questions and I will respond in writing.
- If the interviewer has follow-up questions, I'm happy to respond—in writing.
- On Aug. 20, The New York Times announced a new quote approval policy: “[S]tarting now, we want to draw a clear line on this. Citing Times policy, reporters should say no if a source demands, as a condition of an interview, that quotes be submitted afterward to the source or a press aide to review, approve or edit," the new policy states.
- If someone asks me to do a broadcast interview, I decline. I don't do sound bites.
- Before posting outrageous stuff on the Internet or in an email:
—Remember Congressman Anthony Weiner.
—Remember Congressman Chris Lee.
—Consider "Your Clever Little Blog Could Get You Fired."
—Consider Michael Hilltzik who posted stuff online using an assumed name.
—Consider CNN Middle East Affairs Editor Octavia Nasr, whose tweet got her canned.
—Consider that ... "at American companies with over 1,000 employees, 38 percent employ staff to read or otherwise analyze the content of outgoing email."