Annoying attitude of buffoons attempting to teach journalists how to do their job – By Bamidele Johnson

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“The comment sections of news websites and social media pages of news platforms, to which I’m a frequenter, teem with plank-thick buffoons persuaded that they’re sufficiently resourced to teach journalism to journalists.”

*Photo: Bamidele Johnson *

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Next to policemen, I believe, journalists are the most derided professionals in Nigeria. Policemen may be getting bigger grief, but no one, as yet, is drunk enough to claim he’s better at policing than them.

Journalists and journalism don’t have that grace. The comment sections of news websites and social media pages of news platforms, to which I’m a frequenter, teem with plank-thick buffoons persuaded that they’re sufficiently resourced to teach journalism to journalists.

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The sneering is off-the-scale. The one I find most annoying, whether posted in jest or fury, is “Is this news?” It crops up with relentless regularity on light news stories, especially about showbiz celebs or any subject that the reader feels is less significant than APC, PDP, LP, INEC, exchange rate, Wike et al.

“Is this news?” has variations like “how does this affect the price of rice or fish”. You have to ask if the clowns saying such are impacting commodity prices with their economic activities. There appears to be a vast community of idiots with the belief that only an outbreak of a world war is news.

Among these are staggeringly dim people who cannot differentiate between news and op-eds. A random guy gets his piece published on a platform for which he doesn’t work and the platform is getting rinsed by people who think they’re journalism professors.

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