Who is Screaming?/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on December 17, 2019


Kurt Bardella penned an article at nbc.com concerning the Impeachment Hearing. His point of interest was the strident tones heard from the Republican side, specially that of Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia. Mr Bardella thought back to a movie scene:

Indeed, in observing my former House GOP comrades over the many days of contentious House hearings, I am reminded of a scene from the classic Will Ferrell comedy “Anchorman,” where the famed (and fictional) Channel 4 News team angrily confronts its news director over the hiring of a female reporter. In the scene, several of the male journalists take turns yelling their opposition to the addition. Steve Carell’s character, Brick Tamland, isn’t really smart enough to have a critique but wishing to be included, he screams, “I don’t know what we’re yelling about!”

Yelling and screaming will not convince parties to shift their point of view. Think of any speech that ever moved you and try to picture it being delivered in shouted tones. Mediation works when the parties talk and listen, to one another. Indeed, if you want to attain Win-Win forget the drama and yelling. Let the thoughts and message carry the day. Mediate don’t litigate. And say it without screaming.