Don’t ‘Reporters’ Understand Anything?

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(Even a fool can be thought wise–if he can only keep his mouth shut! –King Solomon)

I never went to journalism school. I cannot confirm reports that before they let you graduate, they suck your brain out through a straw.

At President Trump’s press briefing yesterday (, he mentioned that the United States had just acquired “good intelligence” that Iran was planning a sneak attack on some of our people in the region. The president warned Iran not to do it: “If anything bad happens, it’s going to be very painful for the other side.”

Okay, that’s a threat. Its purpose was to deter Iran from launching an attack. If the threat succeeds, then a lot of people won’t die.

Good luck trying to find a “journalist” who understands that.

So the reporter suggests to the president that maybe his statement was tantamount to giving the bad guys “a heads-up,” and asks him if he “feels” that maybe that’s what he did.

Do you really have to be a genius to understand that threats are meant to prevent actions from being taken? A sign on a park bench that says “Wet Paint” threatens unhappy consequences to anyone who sits on the bench. So you don’t sit on the bench. Is this truly beyond the intellectual powers of a journalist?

And they wonder why the public increasingly detests them.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

3 responses to “Don’t ‘Reporters’ Understand Anything?

  • unknowable2

    I’m listening to Trump’s press conference as I type this. Some of these reporters seem to operate at about the level of a 5 year old. Some are even worse. 🙂 A handful are OK.

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I wish the reporters would ask the President and his task force members why California who has a large Chinese population, and 40 million citizens, and yet has such a low death rate from covid-19? Why are we not letting people go back to work and out to eat and attend movies if social distancing is practiced? – and even throw in a mask.

  • marlene

    If a journalist actually qualified as a journalist, the networks wouldn’t hire him.

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