This probably explains the spectacle that was witnessed, during the coverage of the return of Kenya's former Prime minister, after his sojourn in America.
The local press was awash with details of the 'highly anticipated' return, prior to and after the event.
And right on cue, what the former premier spoke about has continued to dominate the local news agenda, days later.
Is there not the slightest of chance that the local media, in it's seldomly donned agenda setting garb, could have picked up on the need for national dialogue, or must this only have originated from the political sphere?
If indeed there is need for such dialogue across the political divide, it's Kenyans who will continue to suffer from the political posturing that has since ensued, which represents another missed opportunity for the press to drive the national agenda.
But the real tragedy for local journalists, is being caught up in the whole hero-worshipping of politicians malaise.
The first paragraph in the article above states that:
"...a group of journalists also eagerly awaited Kenya's leader of official Opposition to say a few wise words."
Eagerly...Wise words! Has there been an empirical study that solidly established that this politician always speaks wise words, before a newspaper editor hazards such a 'highly educated' guess?
Wisen up scribes. Don't ascribe what's not. Just describe what is.