Although the incumbent U.S. president Donald Trump, keeps the news world alive with news developments, not many are aware that those out in the field and assigned to cover Trump’s official activities find it difficult to carry out that particular task.
Lenore Taylor, an Australian journalist and editor of The Guardian Australia came to understand the dilemma faced by those U.S. news reporters.
A Foreign Correspondent’s Insights on Why News Reporting is Difficult if Trump is the Only Source of Info
In a piece she wrote for The Guardian International, Ms. Taylof shared her experience and insights on how a news reporting over a Trump press conference can be a bothersome process.
One of the first things that Ms. Taylor observed about Trump as a source of news info is his ability to make ideas and policies about misogyny, racism and free press appear as norms and acceptable standards. She even finds it alarming on how Trump as holder of the most important government position in the U.S. can mask his incoherent speeches.
In the press conference held by Trump at Otay Mesa, the Australian journalist listened to monologues that mostly praised and expressed admiration over the materials used in building the wall of that particular US-Mexico border. Uttering words like “amazing,” “world-class” and “good strong rust color.,”
Despite having previously heard Trump deliver speeches that conveyed mostly boasting, ill-founded attacks and blustering, it was only upon attending that one conference that Ms. Taylor understood the dilemma faced by U.S. reporters.
Her own experience at Otay Mesa demonstrated how that kind of news reporting assignment left her with nothing to work on but unfinished sentences, nonsensical remarks and rhetoric about the wall being so hot, an arriving immigrant could practically fry an egg on it, (vertically?)
Trump wanted to add substance to his disjointed remarks by asking a border official to discuss the sophisticated technology of the security features of the walls. Fortunately for Trump, the general had the good sense to remind Trump that it is a matter that is best kept confidential.
Ms. Taylor later found her editing skills put to a test. In arranging the half-finished sentences in some semblance of a consequential order, and by eliminating most of the repeated nonsensical remarks, Ms. Taylor was able to compose a news report that appeared important. Trump’s presscon monologue was not actually about the soundness of the concrete walls, but about the delivery of a campaign promise, even if partially.