Chris Martenson on Oprah: This community can put him there

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Chris Martenson on Oprah: This community can put him there

[I chose to post this in the General forum rather than the Martenson Brigade forum because there are so many new people on the site that I feared that many are not yet even aware of the Martenson Brigade].

My fellow Chris Martenson fans,

I think it's time that we work together to get the word about Chris Martenson and the Crash Course out to the mainstream. The country is falling apart and I truly believe that taking steps that put the Crash Course in front of millions of people is about the most patriotic thing anyone could do to help America.

Specifically, I want to encourage everyone to join me in trying to get people like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Maher, and John Stewart to take notice of the Crash Course and to invite Chris Martenson as a guest on their television shows. Let's face it: While the recent discussion about getting Chris on NPR was (and still is) a fantastic idea, the masses don't listen to NPR. They listen to Oprah and Jon Stewart.

Consider how far we've come. When I first discovered Chris' work over 18 months ago in summer of 2008, about the best I could have done (at the time) to plug his work to someone like Oprah would be a note something like this:

Dear Oprah,

I found this really smart guy in western Massachusetts named Chris Martenson. He is working on something he calls the Crash Course, which is an online video series about the economy. It's only 75% done at this point (15 of 20 chapters), and he is predicting a really huge financial system crash, which is admittedly pretty radical and most experts would disagree. But he's really easy to understand and I hope you'll consider having him on your show.

Erik

Contrast the above with what can now be said (all entirely true):

Dear Oprah,

I'm writing to call your attention to the amazing grass-roots movement where Americans are learning about the true functioning of the Economy and its interactions with Energy and the Environment. It's all coming together around the amazing work of Dr. Chris Martenson. As you may know, Dr. Martenson's Crash Course is a far broader and more comprehensive explanation of America's debt problem than the recent film I.O.U.S.A. which was underwritten by the Peterson Foundation. But what's really amazing is that the Crash Course has already reached far more people than I.O.U.S.A., despite the fact that it began as a one-man effort to educate America about what the Government and Wall Street are really doing to us. Dr. Martenson didn't have the financial backing of the Peterson Foundation, but he's already been more effective in educating more Americans (and foreigners for that matter) than that foundation and its film have to date.

I'm a bit alarmed that Dr. Martenson is suddenly receiving international accolades, but the American press has been very slow to pick up on this amazing story. Dr. Martenson recently spoke at the United Nations in New York to a sold-out audience, and was asked to give a keynote lecture at the UN's upcoming sustainability summit in Brazil. Just this past week, he completed a speaking tour in Europe that included a lecture to still another packed audience at the British House of Parliament!

This guy started out trying to bring a message to Americans about what was coming and why. He fully predicted the present financial crisis long before it happened. And now he's basically being ignored by the American press while members of British Parliament are inviting him to fly over and lecture there!  It's great that he's helping the brits, but what about America? I am shocked that his amazingly prescient Crash Course has been completely ignored by the American media while the UN and British Parliament can't get enough of this guy.

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this story is the human interest angle on Dr. Maretenson himself. He refuses to charge money for the amazing work he's done. Instead he makes his Crash Course available for free (via the Internet) to anyone who wants it. He offers a paid follow-on newsletter service in order to feed his family, but he is committed to the mission of informing Americans about what's really going on in the economy, and insists on keeping the Crash Course free. Talk about a fascinating man to interview!

I hope you'll have Dr. Martenson on the show soon. His message truly gives the average citizen the understanding of Economy, Energy and Environment needed to sort out everything that's going on with the financial crisis and to make sense of it. The sooner his message is received and understood by the masses, the sooner our country will be sufficiently well informed to stand up to the criminals in Washington and on Wall Street.

Erik

I have to believe that British Parliament and The United Nations will get the attention of the people who screen e-mails for Oprah and other TV celebrities a lot more quickly than the story that existed a year or two ago of a smart guy giving talks to small groups in the basement of a public library in Vermont!

All it takes to make something like this happen is the commitment of a few dozen concerned citizens. Cutting and pasting my words above into an e-mail won't help. The people who screen e-mails for Oprah are used to being spammed by self-serving interests trying to sell something who are trying to get on TV. But if everyone reading this post were to paraphrase a similar message in their own words and send it to Oprah, Bill Maher and Jon Stewart, I predict that Chris would be booked on all three shows. There are plenty of other venues as well. NPR was mentioned in another thread already, and I'm sure others will suggest more.

Let's make this happen, gang. The Crash Course needs to be seen by tens of millions. It needs to hit a tipping point - like cabbage patch dolls in the '80s - where nobody can stop talking about it. When that happens, the American people will finally have the education they need to accurately interpret what's going on in politics and on Wall Street.

Just imagine... When this really takes off and gets super-popular, you'll be able to say you were one of the people who got the movement off the ground and started it all.

Who's with me?

Erik

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Who's with me?

Count me in.

Just imagine... When this really takes off and gets super-popular, you'll be able to say you were one of the people who got the movement off the ground and started it all.

What is more important for  me is that Chris's message gets out there. It is the future of our children that is most important.

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I like the "now" version of your letter, Erik.  Pretty incredible progress in such a short time, isn't it?

I'm game for trying to get Chris on Oprah or the Daily Show (TDS) if you are, and if Chris is good with it (which I am guessing he will be)!

Another thought: maybe we should try getting Elizabeth Warren (I got her name right, didn't I?) interested in Chris and the CC.  She's very smart, and she has already been on TDS (Jon Stewart) a couple of times, and has his respect.  If she liked Chris's work enough to advocate it, that might go a long way. 

I know, getting Elizabeth Warren to watch the Crash Course and pay attention to its message is no trivial task in itself.  But I think she honestly, passionately cares about what's going on in the country.  So she may be more open-minded to  listenting to Chris and the CC. 

As smart as she is, and as much visibility as she gets, she'd be a good person for Chris to establish as a working acquaintance anyway,  And it would benefit her to incorporate the knowledge from Chris's CC in her message as well!

best,

pinecarr

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Re: Chris Martenson on Oprah: This community can put him ...
Erik Townsend wrote:

"...The sooner his message is received and understood by the masses, the sooner our country will be sufficiently well informed to stand up to the criminals in Washington and on Wall Street..."

Er somehow I don't think Oprah and those behind her (read the corporatocracy including the bankers who put her on TV) will be that enamored with that statement no matter how true it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oprah_Winfrey%27s_endorsement_of_Barack_Obama

And just how tough has Obama been on the bankers who bankrolled him?

Maybe you could ask Oprah that question.

Yes the bankers are criticised in congress and that appears on CSpan but Oprah is the mainstream millions (read the 'sheeple') and the sheeple are supposed to blindly consume the very crap that Oprah's show promotes.

Yes it's occassionally wrapped up in some warm and fuzzy feel good stuff, but it's still crap none-the-less

Noble idea but you I think you are probably on a hiding to nothing... however I would be glad to be proved wrong.

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I'm so in.  However, let's try to use some strategy with this- I'm certain this has alread been tried in the past.  I agree copy/pasting is easy to see through, but if we made a point of sending in enough personally tailored letters in a sustained, noticeable batch, we would have more effect- maybe pick a date/week?

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I'll be happy to write in.
I like Yoshhash's idea about getting them in there during a certain window so it's even harder to ignore.

Cheers,

Aaron 

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Aaron Moyer wrote:

I like Yoshhash's idea about getting them in there during a certain window so it's even harder to ignore.

Interesting...

Aaron, I have great respect for your wisdom, but on this occasion I'm tempted to disagree. An organized campaign where all the communications arrive the same week looks contrived. My intuition would have been the opposite: Stretch the communications out so that there is no apparent pattern, thus avoiding the appearance of manipulation.

But I should also disclaim that I know nothing whatsoever about this sort of "lobbying". I see the argument on both sides and really don't know which is right, but my own intuition is to avoid making the campaign recognizable as an organized campaign.

Erik

 

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I'm in!

I've already emailed Dylan Ratigan's show on MSNBC, Morning Meeting, if you want to add that one to your list.

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Oprah has a good target audience for this information: housewives. Its been my experience that nothing ever gets done until the lady of the house is on the job. Can you imagine the conversation at the proverbial dinner table:

  • Wife: Honey, I saw this guy on Oprah this afternoon and he presenting a rather disturbing picture for the future of our country.
  • Hubby: Thats good dear. Did you burn this pork chop?
  • Wife: Are you listening to me? His name is Chris Martenson and I went to his website this afternoon and watched part of his Crash Course. It was very interesting and I think you should watch it with me.
  • Hubby: Whatever Dear.
  • Wife: Don't dismiss this, its very important information. What if the economy shut down, what would we do?
  • Teenage Child: Yeah Dad, I listen to Chris Martenson's podcast all the time and its really cool (hint, hint). And in the forums, they talk about cool stuff like how 9/11 was an inside job and how all the financial markets are fixed by the big banks. Dad, your a real sucker to have your 401K in stocks. (hint, hint)
  • Hubby/Father: Honey, you shouldn't waste your time on that stupid conspiracy crap. I can't believe that Oprah had this guy on her show.
  • Wife: He is not like that, really. I don't know what your talking about with this conspiracy stuff, because I didn't see any of that stuff in the Crash Course. Your going to watch it with me and thats final!
  • Hubby: Yes dear, whatever you want. Can I eat my dinner now?

Of course traditionally, with out a book to promote and a large publishing house behind him, Dr. M has little chance to get on the show IMO. That is a sad situation in the age of new media.

But, I'll write a letter if that helps. Of course our letters would be taken more seriously if the stock market was crashing when we submitted them to the show.

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Re: Chris Martenson on Oprah: This community can put him ...

Erik,

Any approach which brings these concepts to attention works for me.
I can certainly see where it might look like spam if there were a timeframe...

Quote:

I see the argument on both sides and really don't know which is right, but my own intuition is to avoid making the campaign recognizable as an organized campaign.

Works for me!
You've got a great idea here either way.
Cheers,

Aaron

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I think that the message of hope and personal empowerment based on personal assesment is key in getting the attention of the Harpo staff.  Anecdotaly, I tried for a time to get my daughter's story of TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) and migrain headache's in children story out to GMA, The Today Show, etc. and so far we've gotten on the local news ( 3 minute video segment, not bad) here in Vegas and that was with the help of a PR rep hired by the TMJ specialist.  Point being, having an essential message isn't enough.  Unless you absolutely flood the Harpo staff with pointed emails (hundreds if not thousands) I just don't think the message, no matter how important, is going to get noticed.  I'm all for teaming up but in order to be effective, IMO, we need an experienced PR person advising us.  Just sayin.  My initial thought was more in the TED.com direction first then Oprah, thoughts anyone?

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Re: Chris Martenson on Oprah: This community can put him ...
ErikTownsend wrote:
Aaron Moyer wrote:

I like Yoshhash's idea about getting them in there during a certain window so it's even harder to ignore.

Interesting...

Aaron, I have great respect for your wisdom, but on this occasion I'm tempted to disagree. An organized campaign where all the communications arrive the same week looks contrived. My intuition would have been the opposite: Stretch the communications out so that there is no apparent pattern, thus avoiding the appearance of manipulation.

 

Yeah, on second thought Erik, you might be right.  I guess I just really like the idea of momentum, but if we could actually keep up a sustained and regular pattern, that would be even better.  I am going to write something tonight- does anyone have a list of the proper contacts for the talk circuit?

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A bunch of Martenson Brigade members called the same week to suggest Chris as a guest on FSN, and Jim Puplava saw right thru it. He made a tongue in cheek comment to the effect "It's really quire interesting how MANY calls we received in the SAME week with the SAME message, but we'll go ahead and play ONE of them anyway..." But despite it being obvious to Jim that there was an organized call-in campaign, he still put Chris on the show a few weeks later.

But I think the real point is that we should not want to do anything underhanded or sneaky. What will cause the producers to put Chris on these shows is if they notice a sincere, bona fide interest among many different people. If we all get excited and do an e-mail blitz it will be seen for what it is, or worse yet, incorrectly perceived as a self-serving effort by Chris himself to get on the show for some ulterior motive.

The real point is that there are a lot of us here who believe in what Chris is doing. If all of us regularly made an effort to call this to the attention of TV show producers, they would eventually take notice.

Here's what little I know about how this works: The TV producers actually place MORE value on "from the people" suggestions than those coming from publicists, because they know full well that publicists are being paid a fee to achieve an objective. But just like lobbyists in Washington, the publicists know who to call and how to schmooze them. So if you're a publisher promoting a book and have a big marketing budget, you hire a publicist who knows how to reach the right producers and take them out for an expensive lunch, give them tickets to the sold-out ball game, or otherwise manipulate them to put your guy on TV. The producers in question would (I'm told) actually be more likely to schedule a guest who had a lot of real grass-roots support from the audience community, but the grass roots folk are less skilled at getting their attention than the professional publicists.

I don't claim to know much about this, but my gut feeling is that a slow, continuous stream of e-mails from different people, each in their own words, is the most likely way to get their attention without hiring an expensive publicist to play the lobbying game. I don't think it's so much a question of designing a campaign to manipulate anything, but rather a matter of promoting awareness in this community that each and every person here can make a very real difference by taking the time to write a personal note in their own words to various media outlets.

I suggest that we compile a list of e-mail addresses for the various TV shows, and just get in the habit of encouraging newcomers to send a note to several different show producers once every few months.

Erik

 

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