"Talk to you ? A reporter ? Do I look like
a fool ?"
Why would someone want to talk to any journalist?
- She doesn't really want to, but it's her job--she has to.
- He believes strongly in his cause.
- She wants to get the facts right-to set the record straight.
- He's outraged at something or someone.
- She wants to defend someone else.
- His ego is so big he can't resist the exposure.
- She feels guilty and wants to confess.
- He wants to defend himself against what others are saying or doing.
- She wants to give the impression she's not guilty.
- He's a lunatic-doesn't have a clue how foolish he'll look.
- She's a sociopath and thinks she can con the journalist.
- He has a hidden agenda up his sleeve.
- She's obedient and believes journalists have some kind of authority.
- He thinks it's just the right thing to do.
- She's getting paid by someone to talk.
- He's trying to divert the journalist's attention from something.
- She's punishing another journalist or news outlet.
- He hopes the exposure will further his career or help his reputation.
What would motivate a person to talk with a particular
- He believes the journalist really cares.
- She believes the journalist really understands the story.
- He believes the journalist is likely to agree with his point of view.
- She believes the journalist will somehow pay her for the interview.
- He's rewarding the journalist who is more persistent.
- She's rewarding the journalist who hasn't pestered her.
- He wants to talk to a journalist of a particular race, sex, religion,
alma mater, etc.
- She cooperates with a journalist who isn't of a particular race, religion,
- He is impressed with the journalist's patience.
- She believes the journalists will be more accurate than the others.
- He believes the journalist is somehow more sympathetic or empathic.
- He believes the journalist is more experienced.
- She believes the journalist is more trustworthy.
- The journalist came highly recommended.
- She's read/seen/heard the journalist's work and likes his/her work.
- He believes the journalist is naïve and can somehow be hoodwinked.
- She believes the journalists' publication/program will reach more people.
- He believes the journalist is just plain nicer.
- She likes the anchors on the journalist's newscast.
- He believes he might be able to score with the journalist.
- She believes the journalists might help her get a job as a reporter.
- He believes the reporter might have information that could be helpful.
- She supports the perceived editorial position of the publication/station/network.
Look for the telltale signs of certain feelings, emotions
or conditions that may play a part in someone's decision to cooperate-such
as gratitude, trust, responsibility, fear, guilt, greed, curiosity, sport,
lunacy, sex, ego and/or pleasure.
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