On talking to the media

By Compiled by John Nagy '00M.A..

“I try to respond to every inquiry coming from reporters, only because as a Catholic theologian it is important to be of service to the larger public and one wants to see that they get the facts right. My least-favorite inquiries come from national television news shows since, one, it requires that one go to a television station and wait forever until the linkup is set; and, two, the interviews tend to be reduced to sound bites. I usually turn down talk show hosts like Bill O’Reilly because they are a blight on the media and one never gets in a word edgewise. The best informed interviewers, in my experience, are the reporters for National Public Radio. I also like talking to newspaper reporters, especially if they have the religion ‘beat.’”…

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