💯 Exactly. Train them for real world scenarios (with an additional emphasis on public speaking)! I would think in a scheduled media interview, TPTB would be able to control the setting and the questions a little more closely than in a more informal setting. Kelli and Charlotte can designate safe topics and questions to the interviewer with the caveat that if they go too far off-script, the interview ends and they won’t be back for subsequent visits.
I also think they need to also concentrate on far more informal interactions as those cannot be regulated as easily. For instance...
In 2003, I happened to be in the Middle East when a USO tour came through our office (I worked for the Lieutenant General, so that is why they were coming through our particular office). There was only 4 maybe 5 DCC. I didn’t follow DCC then and I’d never be able to pick them out of a line up now - I just recall a lot of blonde hair. 😂 But they were lovely and sweet and actually talked with us for quite awhile. We were all just standing around informally in a big group, and even though we were not “media,” they did get a lot of questions. But it was more along the lines of “how long is the tour?” “Where all have you visited?” “What’s been your favorite part so far?” And, “Aren’t you girls hot?” (meaning temperature-wise - it was summertime and they were wearing long pants and sleeves). No one ever asked them their opinions about world politics or political ideology. This meeting was actually the reason why I was intrigued a couple years later when I saw the MTT show.
In case anyone wants to know, the other entertainers in this group were: Kid Rock - he was awesome. I didn’t listen to his music (then or now) but he was so friendly and genuine and funny. There was a female singer there too, can’t recall who she was because she was very quiet but seemed sweet. Some guy who maybe was a comedian, but I never spoke with him so I really don’t recall too much about him.
And Alyssa Milano. Who was a complete and total bitch. Sorry if anyone thinks that is harsh, but I’m actually putting it nicely. She was so horrible, in fact, that 17.5 years later I will tell anyone who will listen just what a bitch she was.