Weekly Round-Up by Lara Livingstone
Am I the only one put out that Black Friday has started a week early? As of midnight my inbox bulging with new emails sharing must-have offers and positively ‘screaming’ sales alerts about everything from clothing, perfumes and laptops right through to lawnmowers, that I just can’t continue living without.
I know Christmas is just around the corner. I know that for many hardcore bargain hunters, Black Friday is the Olympics of bargain hunting, but I don’t. What Black Friday highlights for me is how obsessed we’ve all become with owning things, some of which we don’t even need, just because they are a bargain.
In the past I’ve caved. Following my lust to shop til I dropped, but now you can count me out. The only thing I’m going to be spending money on is this Friday, is the thing that I live and breathe for…cheap airline tights. Because dear reader “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
A fundamental of the freedom the press is that, their role as scrutinizers, they are the eyes and ears of the public. In this capacity, it is the press’s duty to hold the President and his government accountable.
The importance of this tradition and the existing rule of law in the United States, lead to a win for CNN and Jim Acosta who had his press pass back immediately, by the White House who had revoked it.
The President’s response was suitably dismissive, as he indicated that his administration would implement rules for the White House press reporters,focusing on the need for them to ‘behave’ and act with ‘decorum’ and ‘respect’ for the office of the President.
So long as we’re talking about ‘decorum’, perhaps someone needs to remind him that respect is a two way street. We are talking about a President who thinks nothing of targeting people in the press he doesn’t like calling them ‘losers’ and their questions ‘stupid’.
No in Trump’s world respect and decorum are a one way street dictated by him, or maybe just a covet cover to control the press, and reduce the public’s capacity to know exactly what is going on under the present administration
In his response to the court ruling reminded me of a petulant child having a meltdown and it was clear that the WH will continue to clamp down on the press and the information they share, even going so far as to say that if he or his staff disliked a question asked they might even just end the press conference.
Which left me wondering, if you can’t dig in and answer the questions you don’t like, on behalf of the people you represent doesn’t that make you ….weak ?