C.L. : Our woman in America watching tele in a hotel room

The editor of the far left Australian Guardian, Lenore Taylor, filed a ‘report’ from the United States wholly devoted to Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff remarks to journalists at Otay Mesa, California, about the new border wall currently under construction at that locality.

As a political reporter for most of the last 30 years I have … endured many long and rambling political press conferences with Australian prime ministers and world leaders.

But watching a full presidential Trump press conference while visiting the US this week I realised how much the reporting of Trump necessarily edits and parses his words, to force it into sequential paragraphs or impose meaning where it is difficult to detect…

In writing about this not-especially-important or unusual press conference I’ve run into what US reporters must encounter every day. I’ve edited skittering, half-finished sentences to present them in some kind of consequential order and repeated remarks that made little sense.

In most circumstances, presenting information in as intelligible a form as possible is what we are trained for. But the shock I felt hearing half an hour of unfiltered meanderings from the president of the United States made me wonder whether the editing does our readers a disservice.

I’ve read so many stories about his bluster and boasting and ill-founded attacks, I’ve listened to speeches and hours of analysis, and yet I was still taken back by just how disjointed and meandering the unedited president could sound…

I’d understood the dilemma of normalising Trump’s ideas and policies – the racism, misogyny and demonisation of the free press. But watching just one press conference from Otay Mesa helped me understand how the process of reporting about this president can mask and normalise his full and alarming incoherence.

You get the drift. Standard boilerplate. One other thing: Taylor wasn’t actually there. She watched the press conference “by chance from my New York hotel room.” Maybe she was half asleep over there – like Edwina Bartholomew. Because I watched the same press conference (here). The President was not in the least bit incoherent and everything he said made perfect sense. The rough and ready setting and complex engineering subject-matter didn’t lend themselves to the Soaring Rhetoric made famous by Trump’s predecessor and his long-suffering word-butler, the teleprompter. But Taylor’s sketch is entirely fake and born of nothing more than malice and, probably, boredom.

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24 Responses to C.L. : Our woman in America watching tele in a hotel room

  1. Rebel with cause

    What do you expect from a free website that begs for donations on every page? It’s the news regurgitated and about as appetising.

  2. Mique

    Malice and boredom, sure. Her stock in trade. But you forgot to include her most essential trait, stupidity.

  3. Percy Popinjay

    Fatty Trump: “Water is wet, the sky is blue and the pope is a communist.”

    Collectivist Imbecile (BIRM): “He’s being totally incoherent and making no sense, again.”

  4. Granted Trump isn’t eloquent or poetic, but incoherent he is not at least to 60 million Americans and the tens of millions more around the World who want a Trump of their own.
    Nice bit of elitism from the ugly hag.

  5. It does not auger well for Ms Murphy’s intelligence when millions of people in USA clearly understood President Trump’s rhetoric and voted for him. Interestingly they still understand as Trump for the same period is in front of Obama in recent polling. So much for the soaring rhetoric of Obama.
    Still that is always the problem with The Guardian. Just plain witless.

  6. Rex Mango

    Not easy to read what she wrote. Went round in a circle to wind up where it started.

  7. Herodotus

    Quoth the raven “Please, please no more,
    Spare us the affliction of Lesnore”.

  8. cuckoo

    Channel Nein, in a desperate attempt to find a bad angle on Morrison’s visit to the White House, actually ran together a montage of Trump’s blunt answers to various press questions, without showing any of the actual questions, rendering them largely meaningless. But that was the point: questions, answers, content, whatever. We’re not here to report information, we’re here to #Resist.

  9. Muddy

    The editor of the far left Australian Guardian, Lenore Taylor,

    May I respectfully suggest that the descriptive phrase ‘far left’ be replaced with ‘extremist’, and the adjective ‘controversial’ be placed prior to the author’s name?
    Thus: The editor of the extremist Australian Guardian, controversial Lenore Taylor

    This is what they do to us. There is nothing to be gained by being deferential.

  10. cuckoo

    At the same time, it’s chuckle-worthy to see how many of the Oz journos who despise Trump, are nevertheless desperate to get footage of themselves directly asking him a question. This includes the Truly Deplorable Brett Mason of SBS. His response to the Morrison visit was to walk around DC doing random voxpops of locals to find if any of them knew who Scott Morrison was, which of course they didn’t. Hur hur hur.

  11. Iampeter

    The editor of the far left Australian Guardian

    Yes! Boo the “far left!” Hissss!

    But not if you want to regulate trade, immigration, tech companies, marriage, basically state control every aspect of peoples lives etc. Then yay!

  12. Beachcomber

    In most circumstances, presenting information in as intelligible a form as possible is what we are trained for.

    There’s enough smug arrogance from Taylor in that quote to break the internet. To be clear, we lumpen proles will only receive information after our superiors like Taylor have put it through their Green Marxist prism.

  13. Squirrel

    The coverage of the Morrison trip by much of the media has been tediously predictable.

    Just below the surface, though, I detect a new level of ansgt as they realise that the May election result really wasn’t a fluke, because this guy is formidable – he looks very plausible on the world stage, which is somewhat more than could be said for the current, or recent former, alternative.

  14. None

    Lenore Taylor. Bringing you meaning to “phoning it in”.

  15. None

    “Hard left” would also work.

  16. Radman

    Trump incoherent.Like this?

  17. Nob

    cuckoo
    #3164874, posted on September 23, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    Brett Mason of SBS. His response to the Morrison visit was to walk around DC doing random voxpops of locals to find if any of them knew who Scott Morrison was, which of course they didn’t.

    Jeezus are they still at that cringe-making excuse for foreign reporting?

    You could get as many blank looks by asking about Jacinda Ardern or even Justin Blackface.

  18. C.L.

    Somehow the link to the Guardian ‘report’ got lost on the way to Sinc. Apologies.

  19. Robber Baron

    She is fake and fat.

  20. nfw

    A leftie luvvie “progressive” journalist (note, not reporter) lying, again. How odd.

  21. dover_beach

    Articles like this are all about perpetuating an impression consistent with the globalist narrative. They also serve the purpose of providing a ‘reference’ to anyone wishing to ground their opinion of Trump. They are much like the climate journal articles that appear very close to the publication of an assessment report. They are written precisely to buttress a political position. Nothing more.

  22. Nob:

    You could get as many blank looks by asking about Jacinda Ardern or even Justin Blackface.

    What about Cardinal Pell?

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