“The blogs are bigger on the internet than we are…” (actual quote from Nation News management meeting about printing the Hardwood Housing advert)
Chickens Come Home To Roost At The Nation News
Today’s Sunday Sun contains a political advertisement asking about the Hardwood Housing scandal that says it was paid for by “A Group of Small, Black Barbadian Taxpayers”. Whether this “group” is comprised of a couple of neighbours from Grape Hall – or is actually an increasingly well-funded DLP committee, is of secondary importance. What is important is that after initially refusing to publish the ad “under advice of counsel”, (that’s what the backers of the advert were told), senior management at The Nation had second thoughts.
You see, the “advice of counsel” that was said to be the reason for not running the advert was only an excuse.
The Nation has a problem and this little episode with an advert illustrates it perfectly.
New winds are blowing in Barbados and senior management at The Nation have been the government’s lapdog for so long that they find themselves caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Here is their dilemma…
IF the Nation runs such a hard-hitting anti-BLP advertisement, and the BLP wins the next election – management fears they will suffer the consequences. However, if the Nation refuses to run the advertisement and the DLP wins the next election, management fears they will suffer the consequences.
Nation News Management In A Tizzy With Indecision
According to our internal Nation source, senior management at the paper had second thoughts about not running the advert when one of the staffers brought up the fact that if the paper refused, Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground would be carrying the story anyway and (Actual QUOTE from the meeting) “The blogs are bigger on the internet than we are.”
As our readers consider the accuracy of the above inside story, they should be aware that this is the same internal source who tipped us off on the rape allegations against Nation editor Roy Morris four weeks before the regular media dared to carry the story. During the Roy Morris train wreck, this internal source also told us that Anne Gittens loaned her car to Morris to help him avoid the police during the first few days and that journalist Timothy Slinger camped out on the doorstep of Police Commissioner Dottin to call in a favour for Roy Morris – to have the investigation sidetracked.
So do we believe our source when they tell us that senior management ran the advert in large part because of the blogs?
Yes we do. Our readers can make up their own minds.
We do know that if the Nation News had stood its ground years ago instead of crawling on its belly every time the government wanted to control the news, the country’s largest newspaper would not be the hollow and weak institution it is now. If the Barbados media is to regain the respect of the people, it must first think of nothing but integrity.
Message to the Editors of The Nation News: Back when you were wet-behind-the-ears interns you learned of something called “journalistic integrity”. Its time you pulled out your old textbooks and took a refresher course.
Barbados Underground received an email from (we think) the same source that you can view at BU link here.
Here is the advert. Click to see full size…