Newspaper Does Stealthy Damage Control For Barbados Government
With all the furor over the blatant unethical conduct of the Barbados Government putting one of their candidates in charge of a programme to renovate homes of prospective voters, Barbados’ largest newspaper had to say something.
The biggest problem The Nation News editors had was how to LOOK like they were taking a position for transparency and ethical behaviour – without having the paper actually holding individuals accountable for their unethical behaviour and abuse of the public purse.
Not to mention the risk of having its readers thinking something like…
“Why is the Nation News even bothering to mention this story if they are unwilling to say that Jeffrey Bostic is unethical for accepting the position in the first place?
Why mention this story if they are unwilling to say that Mia Mottley and Clyde Mascoll are unethical for supporting Bostic’s appointment to dispense the renovation money to voters and supporters?”
So the Nation News tried to walk that line without getting caught out by their readers – to look like they meant business, but to actually help the government through the mess. Judging by the number of folks who emailed us about the “editorial”, the Nation News failed miserably on both agendas.
The Nation News Tells The Big Lie – That Bostic’s Unethical Appointment Can Be Satisfactorily Explained
The best that the editorial does is to hint…
“The political lesson, hard as it is to swallow, may well be that charity begins at home. But that does not make it either right or ethical, desirable or fair…”
But then the Nation News goes on to state that Bostic’s appointment could all be explained away if only the government would list his qualifications! The Nation News would then believe that Bostic’s appointment was “… coincidental to his major function as part of Barbados’ World Cup’s preparatory team.”
Was there no other man or woman on the island capable of handing out this government candy to voters in Bostic’s area?
Please, Nation News, don’t insult the people of Barbados!
During the last 12 years, the Nation News benefited from extensive Barbados Government advertising and during that time failed to publish even one serious article of investigative reporting on Barbados political corruption. Now when faced with such obviously unethical behaviour before the public, the Nation News just can’t bring itself to call any of the shady individuals “unethical”. It just can’t bring itself to call for Bostic’s resignation even in an editorial!
Instead, The Nation News reverts to its lapdog status and profers the LIE that this behaviour can be explained away.
What a pathetic excuse for a newspaper. Too soft on the government and too hard to use on the toilet.
Here is the “editorial” by the whimpering Nation News…
Oval Neighbourhood Watch
GOVERNMENT’S DECISION to upgrade a number of private properties in and around Bridgetown, in time for our hosting of the 2007 Cricket World Cup (CWC), is a positive step.
Indeed, Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the point that with all the money being spent by Barbados to host this event, the least that could be done for those living in the environs of Kensington Oval was to afford them the opportunity to improve the appearance of their homes and surroundings.
Her remarks and those of others were part of debate in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
Cleaning and refurbishing these properties will enhance the area not just for the duration of the CWC final, but for the foreseeable future, while reinforcing people’s pride in the appearance of their homes…
… continue reading this government advertisement at The Nation News (link here)
Photo: Billie Miller tells BLP candidate Jeffrey Bostic just how big his slush fund will be!