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In the lair of the apex predator: why Morrison should be wary of Trump

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24.09.2019

The White House has been the set for some of the world’s greatest of dramas in the 219 years it has been home and office to US presidents. Some who lived in it were giants, others footnotes in history.

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Crammed in this surprisingly small space is the head of the executive government, his staff, representatives of America’s mainstream media and a family.

Television news, documentaries and movies have made all of us familiar with the internal terrain; the media briefing room, the Rose Garden, the West Wing and the Oval Office.

Cameras have transformed the building into a Hollywood backlot and generations of media minders have established little internal sets where small scenes from the greatest show on earth are staged. There is also a hierarchy of opportunities for visiting potentates, ranging from a handful of still pictures and no media through to the saga of an official state visit, which is what was bestowed on Scott Morrison.

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The nature of media coverage of the house and its occupants has changed beyond recognition since the end of the Second World War. The sombre black and white photos of a troubled John F. Kennedy during the Cuban missile crisis gave way to the........

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