Memo to all journos - Buzzwords
A poet's work [like journalists] is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, to start arguments, to shape the world and stop it from going to sleep. - Salman Rushdie
Don’t think that you could EVER in a million years put a story to bed
And do remember to get their ages 110% right even if it kills you dead
The neighbour, age 18, saw the milkman, age 59, deliver the goods
The postman, age 70, turned a blind eye and so would you have if in his boots
Another struggle veteran, dead at 20, after the injustices and COVID he had to weather
The herd immunity is bought by the sheeple, as they usually flock together
Quoting a source out of context and deepfake photoshop send me around the bend.
Cut-and-paste could land you in hot water if not fact-checked before you press SEND.
The false news item during June 2021 regarding the decuplet birth in South Africa
Damaged the credibility of the newspaper and he had to apologise for his faux pas
Protocols of mask-up, washing hands and keeping a social distance are easy
All this international data-sharing has made each of us a virologist—easy-peasy
Peer review of your work draws many comments from wannabes, even if not in their remit
Birds do it; billionaires do it; brownies will help you do it; the sky is the limit
You must give your 110 percent, but my maths teacher is turning in his grave
Top-up funding and tax-relieve to keep you from going under and bankruptcy to stave
Running on empty as you can’t toe the line of your budget line, is the rub
Don’t keep it bottled up; let it all hang out while the empty whisky bottles pile up
PowerPoint presentations and playing the game won’t pass muster, however much you try
Taking one for the team, but Olympic gold for our dream team is just a pie-in-the-sky
Climate change is not the same as weather, whether you grasp that fact or not
And the California dreamin’ boat had already sailed—it’s too bloody hot!
The Chief Honcho
30 July 2021
PS He was too young to have been a ‘veteran’.
PPS We know that he is dead, but the term is: ‘died/dies aged …’ You could show a bit of respect here, please.
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