My faith in the media and them doing the basics of their job has been severely tested of late.
A local hack accused me of disseminating ‘Fake News’ with this article that scooped all the so-called major media recently: PE Diver Spat out by Whale
I have observed how time and again media have failed to apply the basic principle of any story: Answer the 5W’s and 1H: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.
And then I saw this tweet from ENCA News Anchor, Michelle Craig that said; In response to a question from a US journalist, Pravin Gordhan says, “We have far less crises than your country at the moment, and we don’t govern through tweets, but let’s get to the crux of your question regarding governance.” #Eskom
“Interesting,” I thought and popped on over to Google to answer the 5W’s by simply plugging in the QUOTE (in quotes) to see Who the US journalist was, What question was asked, When it occurred, Where it occurred and hopefully Why.
And the answer?
I cannot find those words, supposedly said by Pravin Gordhan ANYWHERE in the Google results (except for people who have blindly retweeted Michelle’s tweet).
I find that grossly unfair and unprofessional of a ‘professional’.