Pretty Girl Rips Out Cliverton’s Heart, Stomps It Into The Dirt
“crass sensationalism and irresponsible journalism”
“careless and cowardly”
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Cliverton is in agony. He fell in love with blogger Caribbean Lionesse last winter as the snow was whipping through his dormitory window in the US of A. Much like a convict in jail looks at a pretty girl’s photo to sustain him until his sentence is up, Clive saw Caribbean Lionesse as a reminder of all that was good about home. (Cliverton’s original story is HERE. Editor’s comment: Knowing Cliverton, there were probably more than a few photos taped to his wall, but why ruin a good story?)
And now this.
Cliverton’s sweetheart says that BFP is baaaad. The worst of all things.
She’s upset that we criticized The Nation again. Presumably it is our latest article about the Greenland Dump where we call the Nation News “a pathetic excuse for a newspaper” after they yet again printed a government press release like it was a real piece of journalism… and never bothered to ask a single obvious question.
As we said in our article…
After reading our story that the Greenland dump was showing new fissures, you’d think that a real newspaper would have sent a reporter and a photographer at first light to check out the damage. You’d think that the true status of such a controversial and expensive over-budget project after an earthquake might be newsworthy.
A real journalist would be wondering about unstable soil under the dump that previously caused 20 million dollars of work to be thrown out the window.
A real newspaper would have asked to interview the engineers and workers who were on site. A real reporter would want to print the engineers’ names and tour the facility with cameras clicking. Someone with the public interest in mind would have been at the gate of the Greenland dump at sun-up the very next morning so their couldn’t be any monkey business with the contractor filling in the fissures.
That would be a real newspaper run by real journalists.
Instead, we have The Nation News helping out with Government damage control three days after the earthquake. This rag of a paper simply printed the government’s press release without a single follow-up question.
The pathetic government lapdogs at The Nation News and the CBC should be ashamed of themselves.
Professional Barbados Journalism
I guess that Caribbean Lionesse prefers Barbados “professional journalism” where the news media doesn’t dare ask a Minister of Government how he became a millionaire in three years of government service. She prefers a professional news media that ignores stories for weeks until they are shamed by the blogs into covering major news events. (Think 3S Fly-over scandal, Nation News editor’s rape charge, shots fired at DLP Candidate’s home)
She prefers a professional news media that refuses to cover many stories at all when the doing so would embarrass the government – even if the evidence of legal documents or photos is posted online for all to see! (Think the Director of Public Prosecutions and Ronja Juman, blank search warrants, Prime Minister and Chief Justice charged with fraud in Canadian court, Tourism Minister orders Barbados Advocate editor to fire columnist Adrian Loveridge, Minister of Public Works builds home on expropriated land and so many more NEWS stories that have never been mentioned in the media.)
Caribbean Lionesse takes the blogs to task for remaining anonymous cowards, but then makes an excellent argument that the professional journalists are cowards with names.
Remember when the blogs broke the story that the President of the flyover contracting company had been accused of fraud and kickbacks in a similar project in Jamaica? For almost two weeks Barbados blogs published court documents, dug up background and chided the news media until they were FORCED to cover the story!
Here’s what our friends at Barbados Underground wrote at the time…
“As each hour passes, the failure of our media houses to break this story confirms what many individuals already know about them. They are dogs who must be fed by their masters. Where are the strident voiced of Dennis Johnson, Tony Marshall and David Ellis? What about the voices of outspoken and leading talk show hosts Maxine McClean and Peter Wickham? It is inconceivable that they would be ignorant of this story.”
… from Barbados Underground Media Houses In Barbados In Collusion With Government To Suppress News, Press Freedom Under Threat ~ The Voices Of The People Must Be Heard
Media Silence About Barbados Police Strip-Searching Woman Over Unpaid Rent
What did Caribbean Lionesse say about the state of “professional journalism” at the time? What does she say about the media’s silence over the Ronja Juman scandal – when the Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock had the police drag his female tenant off in the middle of the night to have her vagina searched over back rent? The blank search warrant and other legal documents are posted online here for all to see.
What does Caribbean Lionesse say about the media not covering the story of a woman brutally dragged off in the middle of the night by police thugs… when the legal documents are available for all to see?
Cliverton, My Old Friend…
Cheer up old friend. We never said we were professional journalists, but thousands of our fellow citizens appreciate what we are attempting to do for Barbados. That’s why our online readership is double that of the Nation News – a “real” newspaper.
No friends, we aren’t professional journalists, but we know what democracy, freedom of the press, political corruption and conflicts of interest are.
We also know that if the “real” professional journalists did their jobs, Barbados Free Press wouldn’t exist.
Caribbean Lionesse: What Journalism is (supposed to be) all about