As a pen for hire for the cranky old Yank, poor Andrew has a job of growing complexity and possibly a moral dilemma when it comes to telling the truth. (Assuming he has morals).
Up till now Fake News was not often focused on, but now the cat is well and truly out of the bag and Bolt is left sitting in the spotlight trying to maintain the line under the old rules while society is moving beyond the point of uncritical news consumption.
The job was hard enough as it was when he went in to bat for Cardinal Pell who showed by his own evidence that he deliberately ignored his responsibility towards our kids by protecting serial sex offenders behind the skirts of mother church. That seemed to break through his tough façade momentarily but after a call from Rupert, he was quickly back on message, albeit with severe damage to what little cred he still maintained.
But if he thought that was tough, he didn’t imagine the worst-case scenario of Donald Trump becoming POTUS. Suddenly he is faced with a flood of ill-conceived thought bubbles signed into Law without the usual thinking through of the consequences, and his job is to try and spin them.
He might also have to consider how search engines work on the Net. I was chasing details on Fake News and up popped an item from him claiming he found a Fake News story. If that isn’t click bait then it will have to do until we get some.
Seems Andrew is trying to play the Trump line of screaming Fake News first, or he doesn’t quite understand the term yet, but either way, he should probably stop giving ammunition to his opponents.
Bolt had two issues for his claim based on the US ban to entry for some nations and the best that can be said about his upset is nit picking the words than any attempt to mislead the Public.
Point 1. The word Muslim did not appear in the document signed by Trump.
Point 2. It’s not a ban. It’s a suspension.
Let’s look at these 2 items in detail.
Point 1. All through the Republican selection process and during his battle with Hillary Clinton, Trump was at pains to play the anti-Muslim card. It was one of his most powerful planks. Even since his victory he has consistently promised to issue a ban. Despite the word Muslim not appearing in the document, the countries affected are majority Muslim religion communities. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out the intent of his document. If this is how gullible Bolt is, I’m surprised he gets paid for his commentary.
Point 2. If you originally come from one of the Muslim countries and just happen to be visiting family on your holidays from your normal place of employment, you are flat out of luck getting back to work. If you have won a job in a high-tech company but haven’t started work yet, you too are stranded by this ill-thought out rule. As for it being temporary, who knows what bizarre thing might pop into Donald’s brain before the time expires? My best guess is it will be extended because the chaos has melted down their system and I can’t see them getting it under control for months yet. This could be relieved by Trump recognising it was a poorly executed idea, but as we see daily, he doesn’t take criticism lightly and he is more likely to drum up the Trump Rent a crowd than admit to an error of judgement.
Going by the flood of Trump decisions and the unexpected consequences, Andrew is going to have his work cut out trying to spin the Fake News especially now folk are being taught how to recognise it.