TVNewser Show TVNewser AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

In Which a Thirsty Coal Exec Shows Us How NOT to Give an Interview

Here you won’t see a guy named Gary Southern tell local reporters how bad he feels for certain West Virginians, who have no access to safe drinking water after his company Freedom Industries just happened to spill a bunch of something called 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into the Elk River last week.

The stuff may sound like an active ingredient in e-cigarettes, but it’s actually a chemical used to “wash” Freedom’s primary product: coal.

When the spill happened, West Virginia American Water Company president Jeff McIntyre warned 300,00 people: “Don’t make baby formula. Don’t brush your teeth. Don’t shower. Toilet flushing only.”

Sounds scary, but it’s OK. We might even ask whether humans really need water, but Mr. Southern apparently can’t live without it…

Look at him dodge! The reporter’s Twitter post-interview Twitter response is the best part, though.

 

You know what? After a little expert accent analysis research, we’ve determined that this guy isn’t really southern. He’s not even really American!

Hell, we’re still shocked that all the names in this story are real.

(H/T TV Spy)

Mediabistro Course

Storytelling for Media Professionals

Storytelling for Media ProfessionalsStarting April 22, this in-person workshop will teach you the specific ways to incorporate storytelling into your personal and professional life. Students will examine the role of storytelling in business and put their newfound skills into practice with a series of improvisation, writing, and presentation exercises designed to help them uncover personal stories. Register now!