The Pardu

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Monday, April 17, 2017

When The Journalist Lauds War

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I can recall a time when I considered Fareed Zakaria a viewable and palatable TV host (entertainer). I frequently viewed his CNN Sunday morning show, despite never once having read an article Zakaria had written and published developed as media opinion and column writer.  It was a time before his 2015 outing (bust) for plagiarism.

Since his uncovering as a somewhat less that impeccable "journalist" his Sunday morning CNN has been a non-view. Yet, I frequently found myself agreeing with his infrequent appearances as a CNN subject matter contributor. Zakaria was often willing to opine in agreement of the Obama international doctrine and frequently spoke out against what I considered US jingoism (regarding the Middle East).

During the weeks of Trump's "fireworks" show for Syria's Assad, Zakaria went to a place that can only be described as mystifying.  "Trump became president of the United States."

Mere weeks earlier Zakaria sat with CNN's Don Lemon about Trump's claim of Obama wiretapping, and spoke in an intriguingly different manner: Trump as a "bull shitter." Doesn't that CNN weekend show host recognize bull when it comes in forms other than the spoken word?

Even if we accept Trump ordered the attack to send a message, we question the wisdom of encouraging a president who has proven less than stellar in cognitive acuity with consideration of the long term impact of his actions.

Well, Zakaria too to CNN's airways on Sunday with what seemed  threats against what he calls "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

If the CNN weekend host does not find cause for any accelerated attention to Trump (including the level and scope of his insanity), he may fail to fully understand the level of self-inflicting (professional) wounds. From another perspective, what will people like Zakaria do when Trump and his administration goes belly-up? The disappointing aspect of his words of praise regarding the missile attack will flourish and dissolve into written word and weekend hosting with face shaving blabber.

Rather than lash out at liberals (progressives if you prefer), Zakaria should pay close attention to the words of a credible journalist. Dan Rather on the blabbering ooze some in media lavished on Trump after his missile strike against Assad. 

CNN's National correspondent, Jon King, also spoke about ordaining the president as "presidential" based on a missile attack.

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