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Impressive and important editorial from Sky News's Jack Houghton

I'm not used to seeing this depth of analysis coming from Sky - I'd love to see more.

Well worth reading Jack Houghton's insights.

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Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton

 

Journalists not patient enough to secure an interview with President Donald Trump went into meltdown this week.

Sky News host Paul Murray and his team pushed for two straight days to get face-time with the leader of the free world.

For their efforts they were rewarded with four minutes.

President Trump spoke about his trade war with China, his relationship with Malcolm Turnbull and revealed he had developed a special bond with our leader, Scott Morrison.

Considering the US-Australian alliance maintains an investment relationship valued at $1.6 trillion, this is great news for our country.

We know Donald Trump personally shot down calls to end Australia’s exemption to the 10 per cent aluminium tariff.

His advisers wanted Aussie manufacturers to be slugged the tariff, a move which would have crippled many industries.

Trump refused, and he reportedly refused because he had formed a “special bond” with Australia.

And after this all became public, Australian aluminium exports to the US began to surge.

What President Trump thinks about individual leaders and their nations matters.

It can be the difference between billions of dollars in trade revenue or rising unemployment domestically.

But instead of reporting Mr Murray’s interview with President Trump objectively, Australian media personalities, who act more like celebrities than journalists, were quite upset.

They didn’t like that Mr Murray was professional, polite and not confrontational.

Essentially, the outraged journalists from Australia wanted Mr Murray to berate the president about the Russia collusion hoax – which has been definitively debunked – and other leftist conspiracies the ABC continues to push.

Mr Murray also had a bit of fun and ended the interview by asking the president what he enjoyed eating from the White House kitchen.

Hardly a strange question considering the New York Times is obsessed with reporting the president is addicted to McDonalds.

I didn’t see the ABC elite upset about those news reports.

Instead, the ABC’s celebrity morning show host Michael Rowland – who was indeed a journalist once – described the interview as “embarrassing”.

And Channel Ten’s Hugh Riminton said the interview was not journalism, “Simply reward”.

“To get an interview with the US President (I know, I’ve tried) the White House media team clears you with the Australian ambassador in DC, who in turn clears it with the Prime Minister’s office,” he said on Twitter.

The only thing accurate about that statement is Riminton once failed to get an interview with a US President.

He’s clearly not jealous, and neither were the hordes of considerably less famous, wannabe celebrity journalists who joined the chorus of outrage.

The broader issue here is the notion that a journalist must not have a civil conversation with conservatives like Trump.

But when Australian journalists deal with leftist politicians, particularly the likes of Hillary Clinton or Jacinda Ardern, they spend entire interviews asking trivial questions.

In the ABC’s interview with Ms Clinton last year Leigh Sales pushed the false narrative that Trump had colluded with Russia.

She also opened with this hard-hitting question: “You have been a lawyer, a first lady, a senator, secretary of state, presidential candidate. What's on your business card now?

And instead of asking Ms Clinton about her role in the Benghazi attack or directly why she hid classified emails on an external server, Sales pushed the Russia conspiracy which has since been disproved by Robert Mueller who exonerated Trump.

“On the matter of Trump's possible collusion with Russia: we learned this week that the Mueller inquiry is investigating the payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to a company linked to a Russian oligarch to Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen,” Sales asked.

“We also know by now that 19 people, four of whom are former Trump staffers, have been indicted by the Special Counsel. Where is this all going to end?”

This writer has no problem with light interviews. It is interesting seeing powerful people in casual settings. The problem is the outcry from the left when such privilege is offered to a conservative.

 

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