Messenger vs Message: How Much Does Credibility Mean to Us?

I think that by now anyone who follows some sort of social or traditional media platform is aware of the recent attempts by Omarosa Manigault-Newman to further expose the shenanigans taking place at the Donald Trump-led White House.  In her new book, “Unhinged”, she revealed that she taped her firing and the subsequent conversation on her sudden departure with the President and that she also taped her conversation with Trump’s daughter-in-law who allegedly offered to buy Omarosa’s silence with a $15,000 per month retainer.  As a result, Omarosa once again thrust herself into the spotlight as America’s woman we “love to hate who may still have something important to say”.

The question of whether the recordings she made were legal aside, her situation raises a question worth considering.  Does your messenger have to be credible in order for you to pay attention and further, feel as though there is some merit to the message?

I’ve never been a fan of Omarosa’s, although I believe she is extremely smart and articulate.  I thought she was manipulative and self-serving when I watched the first season of The Apprentice (Sidenote: I was done with the show after Season 1), although I’m well aware of the behind the scenes tricks used to increase ratings on reality shows.  I didn’t pay her very much attention after that until I saw her resurface like a shady swamp creature during Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016 where to my horror but not surprise, she became a part of his team as Director of African American Outreach.  What made it worse was her Frontline Interview during which she said, “I believe the first reason that Donald Trump is running for President is because he truly believes that he can help turn the nation around…more importantly, every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.”

She then became a member of the White House Staff as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.  During this time, her relationship with African Americans, already clouded by her involvement in the campaign, which yielded no great success stories, was further soured.

Fast forward from December 2017 when she was fired from the White House to August 2018, where she sat in an interview and stated categorically that President Trump was indeed a racist who used the “N” word (apparently there is a tape).  In the now famous interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, a stop on her book tour, she famously called the President a liar and said he was demented and that it was difficult for him to process complex information.  She even relayed a story of watching him chew up a piece of paper so it wouldn’t be entered into the presidential records.  She then admitted that she was, “Complicit with this White House deceiving this nation.”

As we all know, Trump responded by tweeting in his usual fashion that Omarosa was a “lowlife” and a “dog”, which was gross and inappropriate.  Although personally, at this point, nothing that comes out of his mouth surprises me as surprise ended when he was elected following, “grabthembythepussygate”.  I’m not American and I think he is a poor excuse for a President who continually exhibits reprehensible behaviour.  I also think his supporters are dimwits and/or self-serving idiots.

So does the past week put Omarosa back into our good books?  Is she invited to the cookout now?  Does a person who immensely annoyed or upset you because of their views or behaviour get a pass because they have apologised, raised an excellent point on an issue or revealed information which exposed someone else’s unsavoury practices?  Do you give them, as we would say in Barbados, a “bligh”?

In some quarters, Omarosa’s revelations are too late or old news.  In others, anything which could contribute to further exposure of the President’s nonsense and maybe some sort of repercussions is welcomed, with the caveat that Omarosa is still not a favourite.  My advice is, take some time to review the message yourself and make your own decision.  Being objective is very difficult in emotional situations.

I believe that in spite of our personal feelings, we may need at some point to find somewhere in our beings to lend an ear to the Omarosas of this world.  You never know when the sky might actually be falling and because so and so “does upset my spirit” you end up in a pile of wet clouds, dead birds and an aeroplane or two.  Although that may not happen as first you’ll most likely be incinerated by the falling sun.

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