Journalist Mary Katharine Ham eviscerated Bloomberg telling them they should stay away from human interaction after they published a piece that touted tips from an ex-FBI hostage negotiator on how to handle anti-vaxxers during a holiday dinner.
“If you need this much help interacting with humans and feel the need to be this transactional in your planning for it, let me encourage you to stay away from them this year. I trust you had a fair amount of practice in the last 18 mos and they probably won’t mind that much,” Ham tweeted.
“I wanna try to be encouraging, but yeesh, if this is the guidance you think you need for interacting with family and close friends, maybe try some lower-stakes interactions to practice. It’s so depressing. And we were up to our eyeballs w this content BEFORE 18 mos of isolation,” she added.
The former FBI hostage negotiator is Chip Massey who now heads up Convincing Co. which is a crisis management consultancy firm.
I wanna try to be encouraging, but yeesh, if this is the guidance you think you need for interacting with family and close friends, maybe try some lower-stakes interactions to practice. It’s so depressing. And we were up to our eyeballs w this content BEFORE 18 mos of isolation.
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) October 14, 2021
The Bloomberg piece kicks off with Massey taking a slap at Trump supporters, “The first thing to get inside your mind: Facts will not work. I’ve seen very well-meaning people come “armed” (which is an interesting word, right?) with logic and science to go against red-hat wearers. That will never carry the day. Second: Don’t think that you’ll resolve anything, or that you’ll even discuss vaccines necessarily, over that meal.”
“But what you can do is begin the necessary prep work for future persuasion. In my work with the FBI, de-escalation was always the first step, followed by asking them a crucial question: ‘How did we get here today?’ You’re defusing tension, making them feel heard and understood,” he ironically advised while disparaging conservatives.
“So at a holiday gathering, plan a collaborative activity, like a puzzle, or Legos, or prepping dinner. Then get people telling stories—about how they made big life decisions, about lessons from loved ones they never forgot. Personal stories, personal truths—that’s how you coax out their values. You allow people to build bridges to their better selves. You’ll return to those values to find common ground and make your case. You persuade them by reminding them of the trust you’ve built and the values you share,” Massey advised in an effort to guide leftists in deceptive attempts to win over those who embrace freedom and conservative values.
The FBI has lost all credibility with many Americans:
Sure sounds like the @fbi we all know and love.
— James Flood III (@jamesfloodiii) October 14, 2021
Or just have a normal dinner with your family and loved ones
— King Shad (@ShadConquers) October 14, 2021
Tip for ditching that ahole FBI guy at your holiday dinner:
“Hey, is that a noose I see there in the garage?” https://t.co/YlLmFYMo8R
— Cranky “Vaccinated, Sophisticated” Gordon (@StillCrankyAF) October 14, 2021
Step 1: Mind your own business.
Step 2: See Step 1.
— Jeeper (@kyjeeper65) October 14, 2021
I love how every year there are dozens advice articles about how to deal with people in your family over the holidays that don’t agree with you
— Mark Fackler (@markfacklerky) October 14, 2021
There are no stories explaining how conservatives can reason with progressives over turkey and wine because for conservatives, God, family and tradition supersede and displace that sort of pettiness.
— Ed Sherling (@EdSherlingATL) October 14, 2021
They are pushing the country into a very ugly place.
— Romans 1🙏🏼 (@jose777h) October 14, 2021
This report from Bloomberg is such BS
— Diane Haskins (@diane_haskins) October 14, 2021
This is the laziest trope of the last 10 years. Every holiday some media outlet drags it out to show how “open-minded” they are. “Look ma! I can socialize with the rubes!”
— Chris Mykrantz (@chrismykrantz) October 14, 2021
Read the article! Then when someone uses these vocal and body language tactics on me, you’ll know they’re an FBI plant.
Then you can hurry and hide all the Lego, and take down the pull cords from the attic door and garage doors. 😄WHEW! Sneaky-Creepy FBI dudes everywhere.
— 🇺🇸 JDD (@JDDII8) October 14, 2021
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