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  • 06-25-2010, 10:53 AM
    Goremire
    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyMoore View Post
    This.

    I fail to see any humor in this exchange. So you agree to give a guy an interview, refuse to answer a single question submitted, and then demand that he publish it. Straight dick.
    But that's just it: it's not an interview, because Lane wasn't interested in what Sonnen had to say. Lane had already decided what he wanted Sonnen to say, and framed his questions in a ham-fisted and transparent attempt to lead him to a pre-determined outcome. It's spectacularly arrogant, and suicide to try it on a guy as media savvy as Sonnen.

    Trust me, if Lane had send a list of concise, thoughtful, insightful questions and Sonnen had reacted this way I would be all over Sonnen like a cheap suit. Hell, if he had sent him a list of concise, boring, unimaginative questions I wouldn't be reacting this way. But he didn't.

    Lane did an appalling job and Sonnen cleaned and gutted him for it. For those of you who think that Sonnen's humiliation of him was out of line, do you think even for a split second that if Sonnen had made some gaffe and said something that portrayed him in a bad light, or was compromising in any way that Lane would have hesitated to publish it? Seriously?

    Sonnen said it best when he pointed out that the internet and the media makes shit permanent. There is very, very little room to hide in the digital age when so much of our communication is date, name and time-stamped. And that shit is a two-way street between journalists and fighters. And journalists have had the rub of that particular green for quite some time. All Sonnen did was turn the tables.

    Come to think of it, one of the few methods of communication these days that runs a decent chance of not being recorded (and therefore some plausible deniability) is a phone conversation. But then, there's no way that Lane would have called Sonnen and pulled a stunt like this, right? He picked email specifically because it allowed him to spew his own particular band of verbiage in the guise of a genuine request to seek Sonnen's point of view. And if he did start a phone interview the way he did here, he would have got the message pretty quickly that Sonnen didn't appreciate it and changed his tack.

    Lane is the architect of his own misfortune. I'm honestly surprised that people are criticising Sonnen for reacting the way he did.

    Oh, and for the record, Sonnen did answer a couple of questions. Two closed ones. That Mr Lane took 84 words to ask.
  • 06-25-2010, 05:02 AM
    JimmyMoore
    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon View Post
    Honestly I think he came off like a D-bag. I thought his recent UFC Q&A thing was damn funny, but this just isn't. He basically tried to belittle this guy, purely for his own entertainment and to feed his ego. And then telling the guy that he was going to post up the entire interview if he didn't; lame.

    I know people who act just like that. They have to try and start an argument with everyone, about the most random crap, and talk down to people in their fake "intelligent" manner. They do it to try and feel superior to everyone else, but really their just covering up their massive insecurity.
    This.

    I fail to see any humor in this exchange. So you agree to give a guy an interview, refuse to answer a single question submitted, and then demand that he publish it. Straight dick.
  • 06-25-2010, 04:08 AM
    CanaanCreed
    If Anderson Silva acted like this prick answering questions, everyone would be calling him weird and an asshole. The interviewer may need to review his J-school notes, but Chael comes off as a straight assclown.

    I will be SO, SO happy when Sonnen's 15 minutes are up. He's like a 13-year-old girl in need of attention.
  • 06-24-2010, 02:47 PM
    lwbrewer
    Nothing piss'es me off more than a reporter who ask's you questions and already knows what there going to write and it wasn't what you said or ment. I've watched news happen and go home to see it on TV, and it be nothing but a twisted part of the truth that is a misrepentation of it. So for Sonnen to slam this guy that wrote a scripted instead of an interview I presonally applaude it
  • 06-24-2010, 11:49 AM
    Goremire
    I'm not a huge Sonnen fan (he has grown on me in the last 18 months since I've become aware of his existence) but this time he's bang on the money.

    There is so much wrong with how Mr Lane approached this interview it's beyond pathetic. I'm not sure if anyone ever bothered to explain this to him, but the role of the interviewer is to be as close to fucking invisible as humanly possible. He is simply a mechanism to get information from his subject. Realistically, no one here cares what Mr Lane thinks. That's why he's interviewing Chael Sonnen, because people care what Sonnen thinks.

    But does Mr Lane let Sonnen be the star of the show? Does he fuck! I counted 914 words for roughly 16 questions - a number of which Mr Lane answered himself. He makes sweeping assertions about Sonnen and then asks questions based on those assertions. He uses unnecessarily flowery, evocative language. He puts words in Sonnen's mouth on multiple occasions. In short, he commits just about every Interviewing 101 rookie mistake in the book.

    In terms of Lane doing his job, it's a Facepalm, Fenga Papit (Google image it) and EPIC FAIL all rolled into one. He is the Steve Mazzagatti of journalists. If he was an MMA judge, he'd be Cecil fucking Peoples. And on this forum, those who fail their core responsibility to fighters are treated with the contempt that they deserve.

    Please don't mistake this for Sonnen nuthugging - it's honestly not. I genuinely believe that by attempting to shoe-horn Sonnen's own opinions - his very thoughts and feelings - into a construct that he'd clearly already decided upon, Mr Lane behaved in an extremely disrespectful manner. Essentially, he made it quite clear that what Sonnen actually has to say is nowhere near as interesting as his own take on the situation. His 'questions' are simply insulting, transparent excuses to wax (wank?) lyrical in nauseating monologue. It's literary masturbation using Sonnen as porn.

    Fuck that shit. Save it for your fucking blog. I for one appreciate Sonnen holding up Lane's sticky love-sock for the whole MMA community to see. Maybe that will compel him to re-evaluate his interview approach into something approaching best practise.
  • 06-24-2010, 07:36 AM
    CtGreat
    Quote Originally Posted by lwbrewer View Post
    It would be nice for Sonnen to get the win, but I hope atleast he takes the spider down once. I thought his talk was all smack at first but listening to it more most of it is based of some kind of realizism. Example Wrestling cred to get him down, I'm gonna get hit but endure it to get to him, and my favorite if I can't get him down it's gonna be a bad night for Chael Sonnen. Nobody believed Sonnen Anderson speaks english until they heard it for themselves. I believe Anderson is the better fighter, but I also believe Sonnen is going to make him prove it too.
    speaking english and understanding english are 2 different things. Anderson Speaks very limited english, which is why on complex questions he asks his translator, and will then answer in Portuguese. Anderson has probably memorized certain answers to questions that he gets asked ALL the time, like; how is e going beat his opponent, how does he feel about his opponent, how is his training.
  • 06-24-2010, 02:40 AM
    Sniggles
    Any publicity is good publicity. He's got you talking and hating, doesn't he? Haters gon' hate.
  • 06-24-2010, 12:58 AM
    LethalStriker
    Why would this guy even bothering posting this interview after doing it if all it's going to do is make you look like an idiot?
  • 06-24-2010, 12:54 AM
    MetallicKnight3X
    i agree they were long questions but does he really need to be a dick about it? After the whole Silva dance show i was hoping someone would whip his ass and I liked what chael had to say. but after reading his last few interviews im starting to hope he gives this guy a good beating.
  • 06-23-2010, 11:16 PM
    The8thPlague
    Best Interview EVER!!!
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