In a fine minnestext about Anders Ehnmark in Expressen, reminded Torbjörn Nilsson about something many have forgotten: Ehnmarks background as utrikeskorre. ”A time where he was a correspondent in Rome, a fourth-tier item”.
Few are talking about it out loud, but there is a clear hierarchy among the foreign correspondents.
To be korre in the united states is a first-tier item. The united states is so superior to all other countries and continents in what it terms of interest to be able to compare football's role in the sportjournalistik.
emerging as the watchdog of the triple jump, epee or enduro. It is not always so easy to get hemmaredaktionen to bite on spreads.
A US-based correspondent, on the other hand, are welcomed to leave each day. Or as it has become in today's medievärld: preferably every hour.
Donald Trump as the president has also increased media interest for the united states further. In the world of politics, it is the world CUP every month.
Björn af Kleen was in the autumn of 2017 appointed Today's News correspondent in Washington.
that surprised young for such a post. In addition, he was best known as a cultural journalist.
In the preface to the book bears witness that he felt the press: ”For the first time since I started to collaborate in Today's News belonged to I nyhetsredaktionen and articles about the Trump was so widely read that he gave the ruling in the newspaper's economy. It would be noticed if I failed in my surveillance.”
Björn af Kleen has not failed in its coverage. Americans collect 24 texts published from October 2017 to February 2019.Björn af Kleen. Photo: Emil Wesolowski
, especially adept at tight spaces. Something that suggests picture-of just Ehnmark. Seldom a word too much, the texts are rare tight.
Sometimes too tight to work in book form. A newspaper readers want the facts and the compressed information, a book readers want to have a läsuppevelse.
In a portrait of the political adviser, Steve Bannon, considered by many as chefsstrategen behind Trumps valvinst, describes the af Kleen how first he gets forced to undergo an audition at the home of Bannon in Washington before he may be granted to interview him more with nearby.
during an appearance in New York will be the blizzard. All flights and trains cancelled.
Björn af Kleen rent a car in Washington and drive the 33 miles to New York city by storm. In the seat next to sit Bannons press secretary, which he kindly enough lets follow with. The woman are constantly via their mobile phones. She described not but you see any of the characters in the political satirserien ”Veep”.
Upon arrival, after four hours of hard driving, she lets the af Kleen to bear the entire blame for the delay. When Bannon finds out that they stopped for coffee and using the toilet, he sees it as a sign of weakness: ”We don't do stops”.
A worse journalist than Björn af Kleen had built out the scene too much, just like I do here in the review. Instead, it compressed into a few paragraphs, what is reasonable in a dagstidningstext about Steve Bannon.
still a little beaten. Reseskildringarnas champion Bobo Karlsson (1946-2107) wrote about why he often preferred the places with the character in front of the gourmet restaurants: ”Bad food is not the worst”.
the Same thing when it comes to books. Perfection is not always what you are most eager.
the Title of the book, ”Americans”, is misleading. Björn af Kleen moves rarely out in the wide united states it focuses on the intellectuals and the authorities in the cities of Washington and New York, people who are not living a life representative of the 327 million americans.
A less juicy with a more accurate title would have been ”Trumps the united states”. Björn af Kleens book is like a chamber play centered around four main characters, four characters, who constantly has an eye on each other and recurs in chapter after chapter, scene after scene.
His untrustworthy ally, Steve Bannon. Their two successors are the journalists, Maggie Haberman and Michael Wolff, who is so involved in the plot that they become a part of the play.
for those looking For contemporary journalism that describes americans in a wider sense, there are better options.
Amy Goldstein portrays in ”Janesville” the life of the bilindustriarbetare in the heart of the united states as sveks of the Clinton's and Obama's empty promises, lost their jobs and now are stuck in cities without a future. Beth Macy's ”Dopesick” the opiodepidemi that eats up AMERICA from the inside and talking with people who do not have any influence over anything.
in Today's News there are other correspondents who provides a broader picture of americans. Carina Bergfeldt in the Swedish Television, Sara Stenholm Pihl and Ginna Lindberg in the Swedish Radio that makes US pod.
The text that is pointed into the deep in the Bear of Kleens book is the final text of Donald Trump's favorite place on earth, Palm Beach is a two mile long island in southeastern Florida.
”In Palm Beach are very a lot of money in a very small area. A fixed population of 9 800 persons dispose of together 1 100 swimming pools and 900 tennis courts. 87 per cent are billionaires in us dollar terms.”
Blacks, mexicans and jews are not welcome. Björn af Kleen interview with Tony Senecal, 85, who for 15 years was employed as Trumps butler at Mar-a-Lago, Trumps members ' club on the island where he spends as much time in the White house.
In may 2015, when Trump stepped forward as a presidential candidate, wrote me on Facebook that he fantasized about let if ”the kenyan deceiver skinny asshole” (Barack Obama) dangle from the ”White mosque's porch” (the White house).
thanks to Björn af Kleens out and about, consider the world on the basis of a porch in Palm Beach, you understand Trump's political vision for the united states.
Björn af Kleen's employees in Today's News. Therefore, review of his book by Jan Gradvall, journalist and co-workers in Dagens Industri and TV4.
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