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Sibi Totique
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The Media in a crisis or survival situation.
Media is one of the most potent sources of intelligence and early warning in the world that works 24 hours every day 7 days a week. But the Media often gets information wrong and can help blow the threat of different crisis out of proportion like in the case of the current Pandemic flu. This is an attempt to give to tips and guidelines about how the Media works and how you can use it in a crisis or survival situation.

If the electrical grid goes off line a battery power radio with dynamo, a citizen band radio, radio scanner, short wave radio or HAM radio is a good tool of receiving information. If the powers go out a you’re using a radio the receive information write down a log for the messages that your receive and what time the information was received.

The journalists are the intelligence officers of the Media that helps collect news and report about events. In general journalists don’t have that much specialist knowledge but know little about almost everything. This means that they can often have too little knowledge about an particular event to understand what is really important and this may make the report vague and imprecise. This is also an effect of journalists working under an enormous time pressure, especially during a crisis. Even if there are journalists how’s just searching for a scope or scandal, most of them are honest and serious people.

What is news?
Journalists and the Media gets information about thousands of events everyday but can of course not cover everything that happens so they have to choose what events to cover. Normally the information that get out in the media as news is something that deviates from what’s normal. Events that represent good and evil, life and death, black and white and other extremes also attract attention. The persons how get interviewed often represent the extreme cases, in a crisis situation the people how are hit the worst and live under the most horrible circumstances makes the most interesting people to cover. Needless to say, bad things is good news, so when the s hits the fan it gets the attention from the media. And of course for the news media, if they not the biggest, fastest and first with the news, there history.

So when a crisis happens the media tries to describe what has happened, tell the stories from the scene, warn and inform the public. The personal dimension of the crisis becomes an important part, to give the crisis a human face. The news media bring in experts to give their opinion and background to the event, they also start looking for what went wrong and creates debate over what’s happened. After the crisis is over the question of how this could happen and how should be held accountable starts.

The importance of your own knowledge
Normally the coverage of an event starts with the dramatic pictures and interviews with government and local officials with the demand for answers, there is often some time before the background and fact start coming in. This is the crucial part for you: You must have knowledge about different kind of scenarios like natural disasters, industrial accidents, man made disasters, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, your own crisis management system, the local resources and so that you can make a good assessment when the first information about the crisis starts to come in. This way you can take the appropriate response.

Some of the mistakes that government officials do in a crisis situation
In a crisis situation the way the government officials informs the public about the crisis is very important. The first and most important thing is to admit when there is a problem. Not getting down on the public’s level, taking responsibility, showing compassion and understanding is other things that help gaining the trust from the public. And trust isn’t given to anyone, it’s earned. And to indicate possible solutions and ways out of the crisis is also important. If they don’t know what really happening the best thing is to say exactly that: That they don’t have the information right now, lying for the media is often a grave mistake that may cause other problems to get investigated even further. Journalists (and poker players) are often expert of reading tells that indicates that people are lying.

In interviews it’s a common technique for either journalists or others like police officer to ask a question wait for the answer and not saying anything after the answers been given. This often gets the person to continuing giving information, often information that isn’t related to the question asked. If you ever find you’re self in this kind of situation, don’t be afraid of the silence, just wait for the other party to resume the questions.

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Westfalia;1048216In interviews it’s a common technique for either journalists or others like police officer to ask a question wait for the answer and not saying anything after the answers been given. This often gets the person to continuing giving information said:
If you ever find you’re self in this kind of situation, don’t be afraid of the silence, just wait for the other party to resume the questions. [/I]
This is one of the most important analyses I have seen on this forum. Napoleon was once asked how he defined courtesy. He replied, "Never interrupt your opponent when he is making a mistake. This is the highest courtesy." I think the premise applies here, and the news media are taught to ferrett out info by making people feel uncomfortable. Comfort is a luxury the survivalist can't afford when opsec is on the line. :thumb:
 
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