[Mod] What to do if you're approached by a reporter for an interview about The Red Pill (self.asktrp)

submitted by MODVigilantRedRooster[M]

It has come to our attention that a reporter is requesting interviews for a newspaper article about the Red Pill, this time specifically about women being involved with a group with a reputation as misogynistic. They've approached some of our members at RedPillWomen this week.

If you are asked to do an interview, we ask that you consult the mod team before agreeing.

To the reporters: We appreciate the interest and publicity, but this isn't our first rodeo. We've experienced reporters who approached us under false pretenses, then went and wrote a slam piece. This practice leaves us jaded, cynical, and reluctant to cooperate; keep this in mind because it makes the work of all journalists more difficult in the future. Feel free to contact the Mod Team directly at the link above.

Edit to clarify some points that have come up:

  • We're aware that we cannot directly control what reporters ultimately write, the flow of information, etc
  • We CAN achieve better outcomes by informed engagement of reporters, as opposed to stonewalling or naive engagement
  • We're not demanding you seek our permission, nor limiting what you can or cannot say
  • This is an invitation to consult with senior TRP members like RedPillSchool, who have experience with interviews
  • I'm a mod at RedPillWomen, for those wondering who brings this announcement

More resources.

RedPillSchool's post about when he was interviewed for a Guardian article.

Recent article about TRP and MGTOW in The Economist.

[–]baddaman 33 points34 points  (11 children)

Someone who has a very tenuous grasp on TRP will give a ridiculous interview that is then span wildly out of context, I guarantee it.

[–]0io- 7 points8 points  (7 children)

If the reporter wants to write negative stuff, they'll just find someone to say a bunch of garbage and then quote whatever sounds the most obnoxious. Since we don't have 'card carrying members' they can find anyone to pretend to be Red Pill for a twenty second soundbite.

[–]meh613 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Since we don't have 'card carrying members'

We could... But, what would a RP membership card include?

[–]rockymountainoysters 16 points17 points  (2 children)

WGAF about the card, I want the membership packet:

• DON'T GET MARRIED bumper sticker

• fabulous AWALT performance t-shirt

• beginners' weight set

• AF/BB button (styled like AC⚡️DC's logo) with muscleman / slumping man illustrations

• subscription to the TRP book-of-the-month club

attn: reporters, I have no comment

[–]meh613 0 points1 point  (0 children)

WGAF about the card

Clearly, someone does. If people are interested, I can get similar cards for everybody.

[–]redpillveteranguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or have one of their own pretend as a Red Piller. I don't get why the mods are entertaining this. You don't talk about TRP.

[–]CuntyMcFagNuts69 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Inb4 her entering my frame really means beat the fuck out of her.

It's gonna happen

[–]TRP VanguardWhisper 17 points18 points  (1 child)

"... beat the fuck out of her", opined one of the strange internet misogynist cult, when told about reporters asking questions...

[–]ben0wn4g3 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"strange internet misogynistic cult" one of them openly admitted.

[–]0io- 25 points26 points  (1 child)

If the reporter is hot, bang. If not, next, obviously.

[–]MODVigilantRedRooster[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I can't wait to see how THAT story is spun! /s

[–]JackGetsIt 11 points12 points  (5 children)

This is a bit of a lose lose. There was a well spoken MOD from TRP a few months back that did an interview (I thought he did a great job in the interview) and the reporter still tried to turn it into a slam piece. I hope RPW has better luck with message control then TRP has. We are just stuck in an era with very, very, little genuine reporting and a whole lot of sensationalized for profit journalism.

[–]MODVigilantRedRooster[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I agree reporting today is mostly junk, but they'll probably write about us whether we participate or not, so careful engagement is a better path than attempting to stonewall them.

This warning is to keep people from naively believing that the reporters should be taken at face value about their intentions, and unwittingly being baited into saying things that can be twisted against us.

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    [–]JackGetsIt 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    No. That was just a well done public troll opportunity. This was like a written Q & A piece. I can't remember who wrote it now. Maybe someone else who remembers it can help.

    [–]TRP VanguardWhisper 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    It was RPS.

    [–]JackGetsIt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Thanks! I just noticed that he posted a comment in reference to his multiple interviews on this same thread topic in redpillwomen.

    [–]TRP VanguardArchwinger 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    If a journalist wants to prove that there's misogyny on the internet, why not just cite to a few of my posts. I could use the free publicity. Maintaining internet infamy is hard work.

    [–]brooklynisburnin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    They can fuck right off for all I care. Are they even paying for it?

    [–]M1ster_MeeSeeks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It takes time (years) to internalize everything. This reporter reaching out to randoms and attempting to write about this community is disturbing. I don't expect anything positive to come out of it, save for the fact that TRP will get more exposure (and as a result a few new members). Especially when you consider anger phase.

    [–]Endorsed Contributorbalalasaurus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Oh I hope they pick me.

    [–]throwaway320_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    What do we as a community could gain from such an interview?

    The MSM will not portray us while keeping an open mind, and evidently of the subscriber count, we don't need the publicity for men to find their way here.

    [–]MODVigilantRedRooster[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    There is much to be said for the saying, "No such thing as bad publicity." Even the slam pieces, like criticisms elsewhere on Reddit, drive curious people to us who become subscribers. The negative effects they cause are harder to observe and therefore quantify.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    there's just no way this place will ever get a fair shake from a reporter lol. Let's be real

    [–]blobblobz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think it should be stated that trp us a tool box where you pick the concepts and ideas that would most readily apply to you to use. That trp is actually a lot of grey nuances much like any subject matter and that any single individual can not possibly represent all aspects of trp. That said journalism is not about factual recounts but whatever drives clicks. Whoever does engage with them please state that their opinion is only that, just their opinion... a slice of their trp interpretation

    [–]iteal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    The first rule of Fight Club...

    [–]anotherswingingdick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    she wants my interview?

    Ass, grass, or gas....