FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE

Lessons About Interviews

On March 3rd, 2022, I was interviewed for a podcast. Just before the podcast interview was recorded, the podcaster admitted that he had only read “a quarter to a third” of my book, Fighting for Justice: Religious Fraud, Mental Illness, and the Collapse of Law & Order.  In retrospect, I should have refused to go through with the interview at that point because, as it became very obvious, the podcaster was not prepared to conduct a well-informed interview.  In short, the interview did not at all allow me to discuss adequately my book and the documentation that backs up my book, the successes my husband and I have had, and our ongoing legislative efforts.  Due to the failure of the podcaster to prepare sufficiently for the interview, there really wasn’t anything of value to offer to other crime victims/survivors listening to the podcast.  

After the interview, I emailed the podcaster to express my concerns about how he conducted the interview, and he offered to not air it on his podcast.  At first, I thought perhaps some of the interview may be of help to the podcaster’s listeners so I agreed to air the interview even though I was clear that the interview could have been much better.  But as I continued to speak with others about the interview, some of whom have also experienced abuse and survived crimes committed against them, they expressed concerns that the podcaster’s interview would not have been of any benefit to me or to others who have experienced familial abuse, stalking, and other crimes committed by estranged family members.  I also came to the same conclusion, and therefore I emailed the podcaster again to inform him that I had decided that I did not want the interview to air.

The primary lesson from this experience for anyone else interested in being interviewed by podcasters, journalists, or any other media figures, is to require these interviewers to be well-prepared.  Again, as soon as the podcaster admitted that he had read only a small portion of my book (he also gave every indication that he had not read the supporting documentation on my www.stopabusivelawsuits.com website), I should have chosen then and there not to go through with the interview.  

The other lesson gleaned from this experience is that I will not publicize any upcoming interviews with any media figures on my websites or anywhere else.  This is due to the fact that my stalking brother Ken “Pastor Max” Parks has a long history of interfering in many aspects of my life, and, of course, he does not want the truth to be told about him (the same applies for my other stalking, harassing brothers who still remain unnamed even though they’ve created their own public court records).  Did Ken, and/or my other brothers, contact the podcaster before the interview (the podcaster denied they did, but some of his questions, which he himself described as “devil’s advocate” questions, could have easily come from my brothers’ own mouths), or did the podcaster just do a poor job because he was not at all prepared to do a professional interview?  In any case, it’s best for all concerned that I protect myself and any interviewers from interference from my brothers, so it is just a wise course of action to not publicize any upcoming or past interviews I choose to do.

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