Thursday June 4, 2020

Give Trump a chance

He’s certainly not without his faults, but a hostile media have peddled lies and exaggerations about the new US president

22nd January, 2017
US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania holds the bible and his children Barron, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany watch as US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office Getty

Battlefield communications in World War I sometimes left much to be desired. Hence a famous anecdote of a garbled word-of-mouth message. As transmitted, the message went, “Send reinforcements, we are going to advance.” Superior officers at the end, however, were puzzled to be told: “Send three and four-pence [three shillings and four-pence], we are going to a dance!”

Similar miscommunication probably helps explain the Irish media’s unreflective scorn for Donald Trump....

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