Who needs a free press anyway

Since the current U.S. president took office, we have witnessed a very special White House conduct towards the press, not least when he declared the press an enemy of all Americans the other day – and, of course, yesterday, prompting me to pose the following question, which I hope you find the time to answer:

Granted CNN wasn’t the only news outlet to be excluded from yesterday’s White House press briefing*. Seeing, however, that I used to work for said network (and a red heart’s colour so matches its logo), I thought it only natural to feature it.

*The list includes The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, BBC and the Guradian, among others.

But Norwegian profanities A OK

CNN’s fairly restrictive on-air profanity policy should be well-known by now (remember Madonna’s recent D.C. appearance?). Foreign languages, on the other hand, may prove to be a bit of a challenge. This F-16 pilot’s “Helvete!” translates to “Bloody hell!”.

IDK, just felt strangely good to hear Norwegian cussing in international news.

Yay you, The New European (which I hope is converted to an All-European newspaper some time soon, btw).

The insurgent

Got to love The Economist’s cover this week:

Pressens latterliggjøring ikke alltid like subtil

Det er lov å tenke, også for journalister, av hvem en antagelig bør kunne forvente kjennskap til Vær varsom-plakatens pkt 3.9, lydende:

3.9. Opptre hensynsfullt i den journalistiske arbeidsprosessen. Vis særlig hensyn overfor personer som ikke kan ventes å være klar over virkningen av sine uttalelser. Misbruk ikke andres følelser, uvitenhet eller sviktende dømmekraft. Husk at mennesker i sjokk eller sorg er mer sårbare enn andre.

Ikke desto mindre presterer Aftenposten (tillikemed NRK, har jeg sett) å spre dette, gjennom alle tenkelige kanaler:

Vel fremstår Håvard hverken sjokkert eller sørgende, men her burde det blinke blå lys i redaksjonen, Aftenposten! Jeg er heller ikke i ett sekunds tvil om at mannen er ved sine fulle fem, men det ville kanskje være en overdrivelse å hevde at han fremstilles som om han var det.

Så kan man selvfølgelig hevde herværende blogger minst like hensynsløs, i og med videreformidlingen, men man skjuler seg bak kjensgjerningen at skaden alt er skjedd – og at overtrampet neppe kunne illustreres bedre.

Fake news so yesterday’s news

You’re not very likely to see this blog divulge or attempt to reveal and expose fake news when ever I stumble upon it, simply because the blog is more about what people do not – or do not want to – know than what they already know (or are prepared to realise).

And let’s fake face it, in fake news times I find legitimate, truthful news so much more sensational.

RT Sputnik Russia Kremlin propaganda Vladimir Putin
Fake news and propaganda. Watercolour by way of Waterlogue combined with blogger’s graphics.

As for the rest of you, please feel free to point out the falsehood in fake news when you see it. Chances are you are going to be very, very busy. I, on the other hand, prefer to choose my battles with care, presuming each and every piece of news potentially post-factual, treated with the normalcy it deserves, which is to say total disregard.

P.S. Truth be told, after years and years of warning against RT, Sputnik and numerous other fake news outlets, one has succumbed to a certain level of fake news fatigue, now that it’s finally on everybody’s lips. But I will say this: It feels strangely good, somehow, to have been the guy crying “Wolf!”.

Angivelig korrupt politimann snakker med Dagbladet om “Mine verste dager” (for abonnenter).

Hør, jeg sier ikke at Jensen er skyldig, men at det, frem til det foreligger en dom, alltid vil være en distinkt mulighet for at han er det – og at det ikke er pressens ansvar å farge domstolens beslutning med kosemose-fjas av dette slaget. Det viser en klar intensjon om å påvirke domsutfallet med irrelevanser.

Skamme seg, Dagbladet.

Illustrasjon: Eirik Jensen. Akvarell fremstilt ved hjelp av Waterlogue.

Trump travel ban: French far-right leader Le Pen applauds – CNN.com

(CNN) — The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has applauded US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and said a backlash to the measure was in “bad faith.”

Trump signed an executive order Friday barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspending the admission of all refugees for 120 days. The order also indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program.

The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has applauded US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and said a backlash to the measure was in “bad faith.”

Source: Trump travel ban: French far-right leader Le Pen applauds – CNN.com

Clearly we live in a day and age in which granting far-right extremists access to a global audience is considered a given.

Er det én ting ingen kan ta fra dagspressen, er det dens ærerike historie.

Toppfoto: Aftenposten i alle kanaler. Bloggers egen montasje.