Of course. In this situation, he's learning about the reporter and testing their boundaries of guilability and understanding and seeing if the reporter is at all rational or logical. Some reporters can smell the BS, others more "right brain" reporters suck this stuff right up. I'm in the tech business and have been interviewed frequently for local newspaper articles about technology and engineering matters. It's useful to determine how well the reporter understands things, whether they are left or right brain for example, as you have to choose your words so they can interpret their news source right. Some rare and harmless and obscure BS'ing will also determine how well the reporter checks facts. Doesn't have to be done every story; just once usually.
Originally Posted by Aristophanes
The original "renaissance men" had a logical framework for religion right along with their science; easy for them, but their respective theocracies wouldn't buy into the science part of them so quickly. Back then, people would die from misunderstandings. Now, if your reporter doesn't understand the framework, you just get a crappy article.
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