Controversy over ‘tennis’ baby can’t be justified
If they stopped reporters from asking questions, all politicians would have one, writes Dennis Fitzgerald.
Australia had great hope for its tennis champion Ash Barty, the world number one, to win the Australian Women’s Open, but it didn’t happen.
She went to the post match interview not as a cry baby like so many losing players but with a real baby, her niece, and this led to some controversy.
She commented that family was the really important part of life and this may be the most important message of the tournament. Some of the media criticised this as a way of blocking interviewers from asking difficult questions. It is unlikely this would be an effective shield.
If a baby could stop reporters from asking difficult questions, then every politician would stop kissing babies and start bringing them to every event.
This is an interesting contrast to parliament, where until recently breast feeding babies was banned.
Babies are noisy, messy and demanding – just like most politicians and reporters. When they behave properly, they can ask their questions.