Yes, we all have these moments, moments of gold and in this whatever I think does not really matter. Yet the approach I have had towards the media is one of distrust, a deep level of distrust and that gave me the idea I am writing down now. It is an approach I have used on numerous occasions in the past, but I never voiced the approach before and for a player making something like Gotham 21 it might be a game changer. I reckon they have not considered this approach before. The older saying that drove it was ‘With MANOVA you take all; the data you put it in a bucket and stir until you get something”, I decided to define the bucket and the spoon.
In this example we have a story and it is seen on BBC, the NY Times and the Times. The foundation of the story is the same for everyone of them, yet these news agents add rumours and gossip, often with statements like ‘An unnamed source revealed to us’, or ‘an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the matter mentioned’, there are a dime a dozen of examples. Yet there is a complication (isn’t there always). The added dimensions are that these nine rumours have the option of coming from the same or similar sources, the stage is that we need to start figuring out who the stakeholders are, the stakeholders are the ones whispering and adding the rumours. They have THEIR agenda, an agenda that is often unknown to the reporter. A stakeholder is often introduced by a producer, an editor or a news bigwig, they do it like you are doing them a favour, or that it is part of the treasure, but in the end it is Pyrite, fools gold.
Yet the foundation of the intelligence services has for the longest time never been about disseminating these sources, at times they were the source. Yet with industrials wielding their needs in different ways the stage changes, it gets a little crowded and any issue with 2-3 stakeholders implies that non of them get the treasure, it merely wields into their direction. And that is where the problem lies, we need to figure out these stakeholders and we need to do it a lot faster than we realise.
So as we consider whether we do or do not do this, consider a news item I handed to you all a short time ago ‘Dutch LUMC has shown that in over 40% of the covid speed tests a false negative is given’, now consider that beside the Dutch news, almost no one picked up on that, not in opposition (which might have been valid), not in support, nothing. A test that affected at present 103 million people and killed well over 2 million. Is it interesting that no one took notice?
The stakeholders are out there and when they really mess with news that affects us, we need to label the players, it is in our best interest to know that, I will let you ponder the severity and the interest you might have. But when you are hit, do not complain when it impacts you, you had the option of choice.