Con­tro­versy over ‘tennis’ baby can’t be jus­ti­fied

The Citizen (KZN) - - Letters -

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.

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