So he sort of adopted the United States as his home country. Has he ever been involved in any particularly Australian stories?
Here in Australia, Swan is mostly remembered for his scoops on politicians abusing their parliamentary rights. Oh, and a story about a senator throwing kangaroo droppings at his brother.
The story of kangaroo poo. Don’t you know?
Non …Weird! Well, in 2013, thanks to a strange electoral calculation trick, a group of candidates from so-called “micro parties” found themselves elected to the Australian Senate despite a minuscule number of votes. One of those lucky few was Ricky Muir, a candidate for the Motoring Enthusiasts party. While the rest of the country was still figuring out how the hell it had happened, Swan went digging into Muir’s past and unearthed a video of the would-be senator running around a campsite throwing kangaroo excrement at his brother. laughing hysterically.
Not all of his stories were so, uh, fecal, though. In 2014, Swan was awarded the prestigious Wallace Brown Young Performer Award for Journalism after a series of scoops about the questionable use of public funds by politicians, which led to an overhaul of the rules governing rights and rights. parliamentary expenses.
So it looks like he was well prepared to interview our president.
It certainly appears to be the case. Things didn’t go so well the last time he interviewed Trump. Swan faced a fierce backlash in 2018 and was called a “bootlicker” and called a “grotesque” for the way he handled the president’s admission that he wanted to end automatic citizenship of the children of immigrants born in the United States. In the interview, Swan grinned widely when Trump confirmed the news and, as the New York Times said, his muted Twitter (“happy to share”) speech left him open to criticism that he ” promotes access to responsibility ”. . Although he’s landed a series of exclusives, including being the first to reveal the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Swan has been classified as the kind of journalist inside the ring road. who cares more about the scoop than the audience.
This time, however, he treated Trump with respect without bowing down – like you would treat a friend who decides he’s a libertarian after reading Ayn Rand. His running commentary (“What textbooks?”, “Who are you talking about?”) Sounded like an echo of my own internal monologue every time I listened to this guy.
Swan’s great “insider guy” energy seemed to help this time around. To me, the whole interview felt a bit like a fly on the wall in the kind of “background” conversations reporters have all the time with sources. Swan is not a TV host, so his performance was kind of chit-chat and chit-chat, which seemed to help. He pushed back, but he also got down to Trump’s level and gave the president all the rope he needed.
But, OK, let’s get down to business. Is Jonathan Swan his real name? He looks like an 18th century poet or an idiot from the 90s.
It is true! In fact, he comes from a famous line of Australian journalist Swans. Her father, Norman Swan, is a doctor and health journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and is a celebrity in his own right. Norman has become ubiquitous during the pandemic, hosting a very popular podcast and showing up on our TVs to explain important topics such as why we should wear face masks and if our farts can spread Covid-19.
OKAY. I’m starting to get a weird vibe from your country’s news cycle.
Back to you!