Communicating With Journalists

John at AMERICAblog has a post, The Nation on Gannon/Guckert, where he writes,

Which brings me to another point. We ought to be nicer to some of the journalists. Nicer doesn’t mean letting them get away with shit. It means not responding to them like Freepers every time we get ticked at something they write our don’t write. I recently traded emails with one well-known journalist who has gotten a lot of emails from lefties criticizing him. Not that the criticism wasn’t deserved – I think some of it was, in terms of how he handled the issue in question – but the criticism, and he sent me copies of the emails, were pure freeper. They were nasty, they were vulgar, they were uncalled for. Especially with this journalist. I’d rather not name names, but he wasn’t exactly Ann Coulter.

All I’m saying is that, oddly enough, a lot of these journalists do actually read their email. They get your messages. I get your messages. Don’t assume that just because you email someone “famous” or whatever that he or she isn’t reading what you write. A lot of times they are. And at least in the case of journalists who tick us off, short of Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, the soft touch can still win the day with these guys. Hell, even Bill O’Reilly likes me, and I like him too (don’t get on my case), and as a result, there have been times when he was downright good on gay issues (he said he wouldn’t object if gay marriage were legalized, he supports non-discrimination laws including gays, etc.)

My point is that you’d be surprised that journalists are people too, and a lot of time a lot of thoughtful emails might just get them thinking twice about something they’ve written or said or done. Telling them to fuck off may feel good, but it doesn’t really achieve anything, other than convincing them that we’re as bad as the freepers.