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Press As The ‘Fourth Estate of Ridicule’ by Taiwo Adeyemi

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It was supposed to be ‘Fourth Estate of The Realm’ after the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary, but the press has become the fourth estate of ridicule a thesis propounded by US President Donald Trump.

At any given fora, meetings, and press briefings, ‘the press’ has come strongly under attack and ridiculing by President Donald Trump. His relentless ‘fire & fury’ attack recently came down heavily on CNN White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, who President Donald Trump described, ‘as rude and not fit to be employed by CNN as a reporter’.

President Donald Trump has become a progenitor of ‘fake & false’ news narratives. In recent explosives that were mailed to high profile US Democrats which include; former US President Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, CNN office, Democrat Senator and some President Donald Trump critics. Donald Trump was quick to heaped the security threat on media describing them as ‘enemies of the people’. It was later discovered that the explosives were actually mailed by one of President Donald Trump ardent Republican supporter.

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May; French President, Emmanuel Macron; German Chancellor, Angela Merkel; North Korea Leader, Kim Jong-Un; Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari; Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau had had a bitter, rash, raw and rude comments from US President Donald Trump and all these leaders were patiently waiting on the wings.

In the build up to the recent US mid-term elections on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, [which drew the highest number of voters turn-out in over 104 years of US election voting history]. This is a pointer to the fact US voters are consciously tired of President Donald Trump & Republicans rhetoric’s and narratives.

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May faced ‘mayhem’ in the recent Britain Exiting ‘BREXIT’ the European Union, yet Theresa May remained composed even at the face of an embarrassed resignations of numerous secretaries from her cabinet. She was neither resorted to name callings of Labour Party nor her Conservatives party members. The press has a smooth ‘Questions Authority’ with Prime Minister Theresa May. A composed Prime Minister, Theresa May was neither ‘rash, raw nor rude in answering ‘questions’, same goes with German Chancellor Angela Merkel when her Christian Democratic Union [CDU] party lost in the Bavaria State elections.

In the build up to the US mid-term elections that took place on November 6th, 2018, President Donald Trump was calling Democrats names. He set an unprecedented campaign of calumny in US elections history. Yet, Republican lost hold of the US House of Representatives and also winning some states. During President George Bush Jnr. visit to Iraq [in the heat of US led coalition war in Iraq], during one his press briefing in Baghdad, an Iraqi Journalist removed one of his shoe and threw it at President George Bush’s face. The journalist was later subdued and whisked away from the hall. It couldn’t have happened during President Donald Trump, he would have order the Iraqi journalist be summarily executed.

Jamal Khashoggi’s premeditated murdered was ordered by the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] this has been finally confirmed by the US Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]. Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and body dismembered by 15 ‘rogue killing hit squad’ that flew in from Saudi Arabia on October 2nd, 2018. Jamal Khashoggi’s was murdered and body dismembered in a horrific killing inside the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The killing could have been covered and buried, but it took the inundating efforts of the Turkish press to uncover the ‘brutal, barbaric and horrific’ killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The mystery has been unraveled, no thanks to the Turkish press and a coordinated and unrelenting investigations by the western media not to allowed the killing of Jamal Khashoggi goes without identifying the culprits. In the latest narratives Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for four persons said to be connected to the barbaric and horrific killing of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd, 2018.

Who are these four persons? What about the 17 persons allegedly said to be involved and was sanctioned by the US? Will the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] tendered the weighty evidence it uncovered against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] for an Independent Investigation Inquiry? How far will Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] goes from here? When will Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] brother, Khalid Salman, Saudi Arabia Ambassador to US give evidence? What about the part played by The Saudi Arabia Consul-General in Istanbul and his sudden departure from Istanbul?

Despite Saudi Arabia changing it’s narratives several times as regards it’s complicity in the gruesome killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish press always come in handy to dispute Saudi Arabia’s claims! Turkish press continued to release evidences [both audio recordings, CCTV footage’s and photos] related to the killing of Saudi Arabia born Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman critic [MbS] and Washington Post Columnist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Yesterday Friday Jumaat Prayers in mosques across the world in remembrance of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing must have finally revealed the true identity of Jamal Khashoggi’s killer. All thanks to PRESS ‘Areopatigica’. CNN Jim Acosta’s credentials has been ordered returned to him by US Court and be allowed access to White House Press Corp [WHPC], but White House said the access is temporary.

How far will ‘press’ continued to be ridiculed? Journalism is indeed in the Line of Fire!

Famutimi Femi is a writer for theheraldng. He is also a lawyer by trade. His hobbies include reading and writing, he also loves Renaissance art.

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