Journalists Everywhere Lack the Ability to See Things Right

Journalists, moderators and political commentators…they all appear to be flocking together in saying what is politically correct and doing all they can to run down Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Mr Trump is, to them, anathema because they are all part of an elite crowd least affected by reckless immigration, both legal and illegal, or home-grown terror. Aliens abusing the generosity of their adopted homeland and letting loose a campaign to destroy the U.S. don’t bother them either.


Seething Inside, Benevolence Outside

All they care about is putting on a benevolent face for the world to see and sing their glory – it does not matter if they are seething inside as pretensions are what that win the day.

Nasty Comments, Ugly Behaviour and Undignified Looks

Don’t get me wrong, though! I am NOT a Trump advocate. He does make me feel nauseated by his nasty comments and even his undignified looks. But that will not make me wish for him to be denied even the basic courtesies of a level-playing field at crucial Presidential debates.

Moderators Cooper and Raddatz before the start of the second U.S. presidential debate in St. Louis

Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz speak before the start of the second U.S. presidential debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

The U.S. has seen two of those in the past month, yesterday being the most recent one, and watching it on TV made it obvious to me that the moderators, Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News, were out there in the middle to needle Mr Trump and confront him with rude interjections.

Even Repartees Are Beyond Them

There were also indications to me that journalists everywhere cannot see things right in any context.

“It’s awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country,” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton laughed during the course of the debate.

Trump’s quick retort was: ”Because you will be in jail.”

Later, during a CNN debate, one journalist mocked at Mr Trump for saying so with the quip that it was not up to Presidents to jail people, only the courts have the power to do so. 

Of course, the judiciary will have the final say on criminal actions but the President can initiate the due process of law. That aside, why cannot journalists take it as a repartee and not read too much into it?

Lasting, Sane Advice

During my early years as a journalist, the News Editor of the English daily I was working for then recalled an Editor’s piece of advice to reporters during India’s freedom struggle and after. “Just because you get to talk to stalwarts like Jawaharlal Nehru, don’t assume you are greater than them.”

Most journalists, in India as well as globally, can easily be dismissed as a dimwitted bunch pretending to be what they are not – a part of the intelligentsia!

G Joslin Vethakumar


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