ABSTRACT: The fourth estate function may be better served by journalists not trying in vain to force a discussion of the facts. Instead, they should get inside the political spin, unravel it, and deliver the unscrambled egg to their audience. It would be as if the journalist had a bug inside the private strategy room, which facilitates making the public a participant in the campaign narrative strategy formulation, as against being a mere recipient of the polished product. Eavesdropping may be illegal, but a Sherlock-Holmes-style deductive ‘Watergate’ is laudable.
AUTHOR: Vinay Kolhatkar is a Sydney-based writer, ﬁnance professional with a Masters in ﬁnance (UNSW) and a non-resident fellow at Contraditório, a think-tank based in Portugal. Formerly, he was the Chief Investment Oﬃcer of a suite of funds invested internationally, and was the founding Chairman of the Great Energy Alliance Corporation. He is the author of The Frankenstein Candidate: A Woman Awakens to a Web of Deceit, a political thriller.
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