Rodgers’s in­ter­views are dou­ble cov­ered

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASH­ING­TON­POST.COM/SPORTS - EARLY LEAD BY MARISSA PAYNE marissa.payne@wash­post.com Excerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/ear­lylead

Green Bay Pack­ers quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers takes chances on the field, but when it comes to giv­ing in­ter­views, he prefers an­other ap­proach. On Thurs­day, while speak­ing to “The Dan Le Batard Show,” Rodgers said he records all his me­dia in­ter­views.

“It’s some­thing that I’ve been do­ing for a while now and I think it’s im­por­tant to have that sec­ond record­ing, so if some­one’s try­ing to take some­thing you said out of con­text, you can go back and say, ‘Wait, wait, hold on!’ ” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said he got the idea af­ter read­ing an in­ter­view with ac­tress Natalie Port­man. Likely, he is re­fer­ring to a May 2015 sit-down the Os­car-win­ning ac­tress had with re­porter Richard Hor­gan for the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

“She sits, ram­rod straight, plunk­ing her iPhone in the mid­dle of the ta­ble and hit­ting ‘record’ be­fore she has said a word, as if chal­leng­ing me to quote her with ra­zor-sharp ac­cu­racy — which, I must ad­mit, casts a pall over our con­ver­sa­tion,” Hor­gan wrote.

On Thurs­day, Rodgers dis­cussed his re­cent ap­pear­ance on “The $100,000 Pyra­mid” and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for “South Park.” But his opin­ions of the me­dia were a big part of the dis­cus­sion.

“I just think there’s so much stuff on TV now and there’s just not a ton of con­tent, so the lit­tlest sto­ries — i.e., a quote I had about a ques­tion that seems silly to me — be­comes a talk­ing point with five peo­ple at a ta­ble de­bat­ing things and it just seems like the TV in our sport, and re­ally across the board, has be­come peo­ple who can talk the loud­est and talk non­sense and make the most ridicu­lous state­ments to try to grab view­er­ship,” he said.

“Also in the same boat, it’s these click­bait head­lines that re­ally have noth­ing to do with the gist of the story, but if they can do some­thing that just is on the fringe of what ac­tu­ally was said in the story to get the most clicks, well, that’s go­ing to be the head­line.”

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