The Chocolate Lady

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What if the gift horse pees on your leg?

Im feeling stuck. Emotionally, Im torn between being excited and annoyed. Happy and disappointed. It's like my limbic system is on a seasaw or something.

Recently, I did a phone interview with a popular, community magazine. The man asked me questions about my Dove Chocolate business (I know, what else, right?) I noticed during our conversation, that he quite frequently repeated things back to me INACCURATELY. I would gently correct him, and even asked if I would get to read the article before going to print, so that I could make sure the info was right.

Writer: Oh dont worry, a "Fact Checker" will call you and go over the entire article, and make sure all the details are correct.

Me: Ok, super!

Well, I knew the magazine was going to be distributed tomorrow morning. And, as of yet, I havent received contact from any, "Fact Checker". I wondered if perhaps, the article was postponed for another issue....and that bummed me out.

Tonight, I decided to search the magazine website, and guess what, Im in this issue!! Woo Hoo! And guess what else? I couldnt get past the first paragraph without stumbling through one error after another.

For example, In his introduction, he describes me as a "physical therapist" (Im a psychotherapist)...and he says I teach at my children's school (actually, Im a mommy helper that volunteers a few hours a week.)

I realize I should be grateful for the exposure, and I am, but, GEESH!

The writer goes on to say we have "heart shaped chocolate"....Im not sure if he got confused about our "heart shaped fondue pot" or how we have decorative heart designs you can imprint onto chocolate candies.

It doesnt help, that My Honey read it, and made a face. Not a happy, smiley face either! I was hoping he would say, "wow, that's a great article, dont worry about the little inaccuracies, they dont mean anything." Instead I got THAT FACE, and a mumbling about how poorly written it was.

By the way, a photographer even came to one of my Tasting Parties to take my picture. He stayed over an hour, snap, snap, snapping away. Nice guy. Imagine my glee when I see that the picture they chose to publish looks like I am lecturing about the dangers of Hamas or something. I dont look happy or fun! Was that really his best picture? Of the hundreds he snapped, that was the one they chose?!

I guess it doesnt matter, does it? I feel guilty even being annoyed, because, I shouldnt look a gift horse in the mouth, or whatever, right? But what if the gift horse gallops in the wrong direction or pees on my leg?

Tomorrow morning, I will call Dove's corporate office and let them know about the article. They like to be make aware any time we are in the media. Im hoping the company President, a darling lady named Betty, likes it, even if she's referred to as BETH!


The Running Girl said...

Sounds like they made many mistakes in that article. But, it sounds like you are doing well with the business and hopefully this will give you lots more exposure.

Grandma J said...

It makes you wonder what kind of filter they instill in these people in journalism school.

Just be thankful that he didn't say Heart Shaped Hedges instead of Heart Shaped Chocolate.

I'm going to to the online paper and read it. You should post the link here.

hippo brigade said...

What a butthead! Hey, at least people think you're interesting and want to write articles about you. That's something to be proud of!

Kjersten said...

How do these people get jobs??? Seriously. But at this point, I really don't expect much from the media. However, I hope the article helps your business!

jlo said...

Looks like you are on the road to becoming Almost Famous yourself. Now you know how the rest of us feel when the paps get it all wrong!! ;)

Kjersten said...

Hey, you've been tagged! Check theranchgirl blog for the info!

Pumpkin Delight said...

That's what I call shotty reporting. Terrible. You should complain to the editor.

Rebeckah said...

I clicked on that link in the above post but I didn't see the article. Maybe I will click again and try harder : ). Don't they say any exposure is good or something like that?