Chasing the news at the Executive Mansion, like covering the Presidency of any other nation, in my opinion is one of the prestigious but challenging tasks I have ever faced in my life as a journalist in my own country-Liberia for the past ten years.
As I once stated in two previous feature articles about covering the Liberian Presidency, there are a lot of things one has to adjust himself to, some well-defined and spoken, while the others are ambiguous.
The Executive Mansion is usually referred to me as the nerve of government activities owing to the volume of work that exits there, and considering the fact that journalists covering the Presidency are most often interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
For instance, ambassadors of sovereign nations and international organizations. There is no doubt that some of these people are well schooled or knowledgeable when it comes to contemporary global issues. In this case, does a journalist who covers the Executive Mansion have to be told by the press secretary or protocol officers that he needs to put his house in order before trying to conduct an interview with a guest of the President? Or if a diplomat representing an international organization or a sovereign nation is due to present letters of credence, does a journalist covering the Presidency have to be told to go ahead to do research on that international organization or the country being represented by the ambassador in question if that individual journalist must do a better work? Do protocol officers or security officers have to open tutorial classes for journalists to impact knowledge concerning the need for media personnel covering the Executive Mansion to beware that such assignment entails being one’s own security? There may be those who may not agree with me. But whatever the case may be, I am under moral obligation to respect the opinion of anyone who does not see things the way I look at them. But I think these are some of the unspoken things I am talking about.