THE EDITOR: Balderdash! As a former professor of mine would say. What media war is the media referring too! Utter rubbish I say.
Just like in a Tango, in war it takes two to mangle.
When Hitler wanted to start his push for global domination, he created an insurgence with German soldiers in Polish uniforms which then “justified” invasion of the hapless neighbouring Poland. Before that there was no war, just one sided aggression.
Anyone with eyes to see, ears to hear and a little working grey matter in their hat rack cannot deny that there are elements in the media make-up that are enemies of the present administration and their reporting is totally biased. That is all well and fine, provided a full declaration on their affiliations and interest are made public. To do otherwise is to engage in subterfuge, hypocrisy and deceit.
Rogue elements hide behind the sacrosanct veil of “free speech” and the “duties and responsibilities of the fourth estate” which from my reckoning, here in Trinidad, this is apparently reserved only for the media. To speak out against proven lies and false negative reporting is apparently tantamount to declaring war on the media!
I heard Senator Deyalsingh in Parliament saying that he would much prefer to have the media say untrue things about him rather than run the risk of protesting and have them muzzled. Really! Where was Deyalsingh when his former Prime Minister jumped out of a barber’s chair and rushed down the Highway with police escorts and barged into a radio station with shaving cream still on his face to accost two radio announcers and, subsequently had them fired? Selective and convenient memory — aka Hypocrisy! Thank God most of the people in my country are not that stupid.
A group of my friends and colleagues started a friendly wager amongst us as to which newspaper(s) would publish this letter. Unfortunately we had to cancel since everyone wanted to bet on the same two newspapers to refuse publication of the letter.