Reporter for Al Jazeera - Summary
The crisis in Zefra caught the White House off guard. This year (2020) is an election year in the US and the President is running for re-election. So most of the recent focus by the staff has been on a campaign for a second term.
For Zefra, and in the South Pacific at large, the White House has never clearly stated a proper role for the United States. Should the US stand off? Should the Truscans, who seek democracy get US support? What about the UN-backed coalition force? It seems to be getting nowhere fast! Is China getting the upper hand in the South Pacific? Has the White House bungled things again? Is a US-China rivalry likely to lead to super-power conflict?
The UN-backed coalition force looks like a "white man's army" about to engage in neo-colonialism. Zefra has a large population of Muslims, and yet there is no component of the UN-backed coalition force from an Islamic nation. Why was the Arab League, for example, not given leadership of this force?
Get a scoop, any scoop, ahead of the other journalists.
Investigate US initiatives: What is the White House really trying to achieve? Is the administration really trying to solve problems in Zefra, or is it just trying to suppress problems until the President has been re-elected?
Confirm that the only reason the White House is interested in Zefra is to promote the President's credentials in the elections in November 2020.
If appropriate, reveal to the American people the inadequacy of the reaction of the US government.
Confirm or deny rumors that Chinese technology may be used in Zefra to build a dirty bomb. Find out if Bongos, or Truscans, or someone else is behind this.
Criteria for Decision-making
Check apparent facts with a second source.
Run a story if the facts seem to support it (say 90% reliable). If a story embarasses the US administration, they probably deserve it. If it motivates the US Government to support democracy (as they claim to), that would be even better.