How not to interact with the press – El Paso gives an example

It seems that someone from the Sunday Times contacted El Paso about a story they carried and instead of helping them out they replied with a post claiming the Times were trying to steal their story and added:

Kate, nothing personal but the Sunday Times as a British newspaper has never done Dundalk any favours over the years so our reply is GO TO HELL.

How utterly backward thinking. One would think that if you blog something you’d want more coverage. Hidden agenda or not getting a story more attention is a good thing. If El Paso were worried about being misrepresented then do what I do and post the whole content of emails sent to the paper so there can be no misunderstandings. Readers of the Sunday Times are not dumb and I’m sure can make up their own minds. If one person read the story and it enabled more public discussion then it is a positive thing. Would you treat your fellow bloggers with the same small-minded contempt? And bloggers wonder why the press are wary of them!

3 Responses to “How not to interact with the press – El Paso gives an example”

  1. EWI says:

    A better stategy would have been to just ignore the ST completely (and yes, I agree with EPT that the ST under Murdoch is no friend of Ireland, by design).

  2. that girl says:

    I sincerely hope that won’t be the response if there isn’t an award forthcoming at the blog awards? ouch!

  3. Kevin says:

    Why is everyone who comments on that site anonymous?