In a previous entry , I had expressed my apprectiation for the CNN Anchor and politics journalist Jake Tapper.
I will admit I only discovered him mid-year 2016 when I was bored, babysitting my toddler nephew. Those dark depressing unemployed days consisted me of getting bored with the programming on Optus FetchTV; MTV was televising repeats of mainstream music that I quickly got bored of, I couldn’t watch certain shows because of the mature content and therefore CNN International occupied my time whilst I was playing with my nephew or while he was having his daytime nap . Of course, I was only watching CNN Newsroom, Anderson Cooper 360 and Don Lemon because CNN Asia-Pacific region don’t offer ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’ as part of their programming (Only State of the Union) . I believe at some point on one of those three programs there was footage of Jake Tapper’s interview with Candidate Trump regarding Judge Curiel. It was only a snippet and piqued my interest and so I went on youtube and discovered how great Jake Tapper was.
Edging closer to the election, I watched an array of other media outlets, ranging from Megyn Kelly to Rachel Maddow, so I pretty much watched snippets/content from all the American news channels FOX, MSNBC, CNN and ABC on youtube. Of all the anchors and journalists that stood out for me during the 2016 Presidential Election, Jake Tapper stood out amongst the many and won my attention.
And it seems like a lot of people agree with that.
He has been applauded over the months for his exceptional journalism and reporting. Ranging from celebrity comedians to fellow journalists for calling the Trump Administration out.
Recently, he was just awarded the Walter Cronkite Award along with his colleague Brian Stelter (who hosts Reliable Sources) and MSNBC’s Katy Tur (whom Trump singled out during his campaign , she was awarded for her courage under pressure covering campaign).
Why he stood out amongst the crowd of other journalists? He is relentless, he is hard on all his politician guests (from whatever party they align themselves with ) and he asks the right questions or hooks them back from trying to pivot away from main discussion.
As much as I seem like a massive fan girl about Jake Tapper. His style of journalism is needed today, he reminds and educates his audience. Something, I don’t see much often these days.
OTT, other than that, he is part of Generation X, his hard work and attitude reminds me of my sister, whom I begrudgingly respect and look up to, also happens to be part of his generation. In addition to that, I understand 95% of his pop culture references, appreciate his deadpan/ dry humour and his resting bitch face is my top response gif on everything I disapprove of in online conversations.
Until next time.