The Fun of Politically Incorrect Journalism - Coverage that leaves you naked
Thomas Cromwell

30 April 2007

 

It is a rare treat to come across a news article that is so totally innocent of normal journalistic conventions and correctness that it leaves you gasping (and rolling with laughter) at its plainspoken criticism of political leaders.

 

Such a piece was penned recently by Steve Paterno, a South Sudanese residing in America and writing in the France-based Sudan Tribune about a visit to Washington by a government minister from his corner of the world.

 

Take, for example, this description of the government minister’s veracity, which leaves no doubts in the reader’s mind regarding Mr. Paterno’s view of the matter:

”Sometimes lies emerge from ignorance but sometimes people just lie because they are liars. In the case of Minister Benjamin, one will not know whether his is ignorance or he is just an outright liar. In this public event where the minister is not expected to tell more lies after telling so many lies before, the minister once again lied making lying his official trademark.”

 

 And this on the government’s decision to support a beauty pageant:

"In another bizarre twisted move that is coincided with the minister’s trip to the U.S., the government of South Sudan liaison office in Washington, D.C. announced that it is partnering in sponsoring the ‘Miss-South Sudan Beauty Pageant’.”

Followed by this blunt comment on the appearance of the ministers:

“And also, if the GOSS [Government of South Sudan] liaison office in Washington, D.C. is so obsessed with beauty, fashion and modeling, they will rather not promote that through the pictures of their officials. By American standard, a picture of Ezekiel Gatkouth will remind one of that retarded kid from high school. A picture of Larco Lomayat! Well, hopefully these Americans forget the image of the first drawing of a human being they tried to draw while in their preschools, because such an image will remind them of Larco Lomayat.”

 

How much more fun this sort of coverage is than the usual, measured words of mainstream publications!

 

For the article in all its naked, incorrect glory, see:

http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article21096