An Attempted Media Sandbag: My Experience

by Jeffrey A. Tucker
The American Institute for Economic Research

I’ve got a day job but try to fit in podcasts and television when possible. I don’t always pay super close attention to what’s coming up on the agenda. So the day I sat down for a quick interview on a Turkish TV show, which turned out to be partisan state-run TV, I figured I would be on for a few minutes. And, call me irresponsible, but I didn’t even know the topic about which I would be talking. (If that sounds odd to you, it’s just the way media things go in my workflow.)

I sat down and waited. Then it started, but even from the outset I suspected something was wrong. I wasn’t being shown the image of the questioner or the show being broadcast, even though this is a normal practice these days. You see where you are and with whom you are speaking. It makes everything feel more normal even though we are all remote. Instead, they blinded me from the goings on. I could only hear and respond.

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