Sorry, I didn't mean to be on the record. My bad.
Sometimes interviews are on the record, sometimes they’re not. But what happens when a company’s PR rep changes their mind at the end of an interview? Something like this, courtesy of State Impact New Hampshire.
Q: So for my post, can you tell me a little bit about GMO?
A: Sure. It’s a $100 billion institutional money management firm.
Q: Do they only invest in land, or do they have a wider portfolio?
A: They invest in a variety of different things.
Q: Great. Thank you. [about to hang up]
A: I’d rather not be quoted on any of this.
Q: Wait…what? You don’t want to be quoted declining to comment or describing the company?
Q: But you’re the PR guy! You know you’re on record when you talk to the media. Are you seriously asking me not to quote you declining to comment?
A: We’re just declining to comment.
Q: Seriously, what’s with the cloak-and-dagger? This is all pretty straight-forward.
A: It’s not cloak-and-dagger. We’re just declining to comment. Declining to comment is just declining to comment.
Q: I’m going to quote you on what you said.
A: Ok. Let me know if I can help you any more.
Q: (Laughing) I would, but I doubt you could go on the record declining to answer my questions.
A: (Laughing)…Thanks! Click.