Even a hit piece against AVfM and the manosphere would have caused many men to actually take a look at such sites who otherwise never would have. Some of those men would realize that 20/20 lied to them.
And doesn’t it shock you to see just how many in the manosphere don’t seem to get this?
Manosphere fear of bad press is based on what I like to call the ‘androgynous fallacy’.
The idea that there exists huge masses of folks who, like an androgynous person, have no dog in this fight over gender relations.
And therefore this mass can (rapidly) be persuaded to become feminists or anti-feminists based largely on who’s propaganda reaches their ears first.
It’s really quite amazing when you think about it.
Who, exactly, are we trying to impress by saying this but not saying that, by denouncing this guy or that, etc. ?
What impartial jury of public opinion on all gender matters are we trying to reach?
In the Western World there is no such thing as man who has been able to escape unscathed from feminism (except possibly very old men and very rich men). Pretty much all men have had to deal with misandry by this point (even though they might not realize it as such). Some end up becoming manginas like Manboobz. Others come up with the same ideas MRAs or MGTOW do despite having no contact with either group. (I know this is the case because I have talked to men who have expressed the many of the same ideas we talk about here even though these men have no contact with the MRM, the MGTOW community, or the Androsphere.) The fact is there isn’t a large number of men (or women) who are blank slate androgynous people when it comes to these issues. Every day men are negatively impacted by feminism (and misandry in general) so it doesn’t matter how big of a hatchet job 20/20 or anyone else in the media does. No matter how evil 20/20 makes Paul Elam look, many men will know that 20/20 is lying to them thanks to their own experiences with misandry.
This brings up another reason why it’s a good idea for someone like Paul Elam to go on a show like 20/20. There are lots of men out there who have come to the same conclusions that we have. However, they think they’re alone. They believe that they’re the only ones who think this way because they haven’t been able to find the MRM or the Androsphere. Paul Elam by going on 20/20, regardless of what 20/20 does to this, can communicate to these men that they aren’t alone. These men will find out there are communities of men who think like they do. If you believe in the androgynous fallacy, you don’t know these men exist and don’t realize the importance of reaching out to them.