A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela

“Welcome to the world of BLEEP.” That was a former executive producer calling to congratulate me on being appointed supervising producer of the Channel Nine Sunday Program in the mid-90s. Yes, the missing word is rude and banned from most conversations, even frowned upon by social media outlets. But the congratulatory call was also close … Continue reading A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela

Hillary Clinton, watch your back: There’s a bully behind you

“Suppose they gave an election and nobody came.” Okay, that was a paraphrase of a 1970s movie title, but it popped into my mind about halfway through the second agonising, awful debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. I was sitting next to my wife, who was groaning nearly every time Trump spoke, and I … Continue reading Hillary Clinton, watch your back: There’s a bully behind you

Hillary and Bernie: Democrats debating the real issues

"It was a great night for Democrats.” That was the reaction of Hilary Rosen, CNN political commentator, to the first Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate in Las Vegas. A Democratic strategist, she also thought it was a great night for her friend, Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The respected Washington Post … Continue reading Hillary and Bernie: Democrats debating the real issues

From sea to shining sea, America hopes Obama works second-term magic

Election day started well. As I was waiting for the light to change on Market Street in the city, Mark Munro, a Channel Nine cameraman, waved to me from the window of his car and said: “Hi, Tom, I heard he’s about to win Florida. Is that true?” And I replied: “I hope so. I’m … Continue reading From sea to shining sea, America hopes Obama works second-term magic

Counter-puncher Obama wins the second round as Romney puts down Candy

It was the moment that Barack Obama won the second debate against Mitt Romney in Long Island. The President had answered a question from a member of the audience about who denied  enhanced security – and why -- at the US embassy in Libya when the ambassador and three of his staff were killed in … Continue reading Counter-puncher Obama wins the second round as Romney puts down Candy