Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Top Four Ways NOT To Gain Media Attention: #2


#2 is Disappear

You will only end up looking foolish.

This last June South Carolina governor Mark Sanford did for six days once. He said that he was going hiking in the Appalachians to clear his head. Um, yeah. If you're going to lie about this, you might want to answer your cell phone. A reporter intercepted him at the airport flying back from South America. He admitted that he was with his mistress and "soul mate" (ugh). Okay then. His wife and sons moved out of the governors mansion and he has been asked to resign or be impeached. Was it worth it?

Remember Jennifer Wilbanks? The Runaway Bride? She disappeared right before her wedding and called her fiance to tell him she'd been kidnapped spurring a nationwide manhunt. There was also speculation that her fiance had killed her. She was indicted under felony charges to which she pleaded no contest. She was given two years probation, 120 hours of community service, and had to pay $2250 to the sheriff's office. Needless to say, the fiance married someone else.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Wilbanks
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sanford#Disappearance_and_affair
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-17/11-craziest-media-hoaxes/2/
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