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February 22, 2019

Newspapers For More Than Wrapping Meat

LAST Friday President Uhuru Kenyatta said that newspapers are only good for wrapping meat. He was wrong. Newspapers also give presidents the news that their advisers and security services are frightened to tell them.

Ex-President Moi, and President Museveni today, insisted on getting all the newspapers before dawn and went through them personally. They both needed to gauge the popular mood through the newspapers and learn what scandals or mishaps were being hidden from them.

In that sense, the print media provides an objective and independent intelligence service to a leader who may be surrounded by sycophants and yes-men. Uhuru should take advantage of Kenya's newspapers to find out for himself what is happening in Kenya.

Most stories will be accurate but some will be slanted or inaccurate. That is the inevitable consequence of newspapers being the 'first draft of history.'

Some stories will be irritating and many opinion columns will be subjective and unfair. But that is the price that you pay for leading a country. Just look at how the American media are today hammering their former darling President Barrack Obama. As the saying goes, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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