Brass Tacks Radio Discussing Barbados Blogs – Carl Moore: “Barbados Journalism Has Been Floundering For Decades”

Journalist Ricky Singh… “The local media gave a free ride to the governing party…”

The Brass Tacks radio show is now over. Here are our notes written while listening to the show…

Listen in on Brass Tacks Right Now!

International listeners can hear the show at http://www.vob929.com

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Journalists Carl Moore, David Ellis, Ricky Singh, CBC’s Head of News Richard Cox, The Nation associate editor Eric Smith, Barbados Advocate journalist Nicholas Cox and others are discussing how blogs are ruining journalism!

Have a listen folks… they are hilarious!

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SINGH… some Barbados journalists play handsy-pansy with government politicians.

David Ellis for some reason isn’t mentioning the following…

Cowardly Voice Of Barbados Radio Promises To Never Again Ask How Politicians Become Overnight Millionaires

Poor Carl Moore and the boys are apoplectic that citizens with computers have a voice without gatekeepers. Whoaloss!

Carl Moore made a comment that the blogs are taking advertising revenues from the newspapers because the newspapers are losing public confidence. (paraphrase)

The journalists have not mentioned the words “Corruption in Government”.

Their whole discussion is a sham because they are dancing all around the real issues!

A citizen is taking them to task for their ignoring the ethics of Attorney General David Simmons becoming the Chief Justice. Ricky Singh is making excuses. Sounds pathetic.

David Ellis is picking up that Barbados journalism has dropped the ball on discussing the separation of powers in government.

Interesting that all these issues would not be discussed right now on the air without the blogs having raised them.

Ricky Singh now talking about journalists and “self-censorship”

12:30pm – Just before the news break, David Ellis says that he doesn’t want to discuss the blogs anymore, and when they return after the news they will talk about how technology is impacting the news.

That will be tough to do without discussing the blogs!

Here we are able to listen to, discuss and analyse their radio show and the traditional Barbados news media can’t respond until probably tomorrow.

So go ahead Mr. Singh and Mr. Ellis… discuss technology and news without discussing the blogs.

To Our BFP Readers… Give BrassTacks a call and see if you can mention Barbados Free Press or Barbados Underground by Name On The Air. 🙂

1:01pm – A caller who is a freelance photo-journalism is talking about the death of paper edition newpapers. Ellis is talking about convergence of audio, text and video online…

OH…. like a blog. He is talking about journalists who have blogs.

Ellis is talking about how the Barbados media can go to Zimbabwe newspapers on the internet or call folks who have previously lived in Zimbabwe for information on what is happening there BUT DOESN’T MENTION ZIMBABWE BLOGs… that provide first person views and reporting about what is happening.

Ellis doesn’t get it… or rather he does, but doesn’t want to say the word “blogs”. What a joke!

Journalist Ricky Singh… “The local media gave a free ride to the governing party…”

1:15pm… The show ends, and yes David Ellis completed the last part of the show without mentioning the blogs or the word “blog” even when appropriate as when he was discussing ways that the Barbados media
can discover information about Zimbabwe without relying upon the CBC!

His tip-toeing around the word “blog” made for some humorous intellectual and verbal contortions.

Ok folks… we the Barbados Free Press now return you to our regularly scheduled programming!

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39 responses to “Brass Tacks Radio Discussing Barbados Blogs – Carl Moore: “Barbados Journalism Has Been Floundering For Decades”

  1. Hants

    BFP do you think these mainstream journalist in Barbados understand that they are becoming irrelevant.

    The Internet,Cell Phones, Digital Cameras have changed the world of “News and Journalism.”

    Yesterday,here in Canada, I watched a video of a Highway accident taken by a lady in a car in an adjacent lane.Nobody cares that she is not a “journalist”.

    More importantly, Barbadian mainstream journalist claimed there was “political interference” for the last 14 years so why would I want to hold them up as a bastion of professionalism?

    Bottom line is that I am free to choose what I will read and listen to. The power is mine not theirs.

    One of the panelist was very critical of blogs in Barbados.No problem with that.

    That Professional has no power to determine what happens on these blogs and he needs to get over it.

  2. Hants

    David Ellis says that he doesn’t want to discuss the blogs anymore.

    Is he aware that there are Radio and Video blogs which could seriously impact traditional broadcasting?

    Prehaps they are all just trying to protect their traditional income streams instead of accepting the new realities of Internet based “Broadcasting” and citizens freely “reporting” events.

  3. BFP

    Hey Hants,

    After saying before the break that they were going to discuss technology and the news, they are now discussing news across the Caribbean.

    It looks like they have changed their intent… hmmmm I guess they read about it on BFP and can’t stand it!

  4. Hants

    BFP they just don’t get it.

    In the old days we waited for them to bring us the news and their “Editorials” and Opinions were taken as “Gospel”.

    Now we have the tools to share and debate information without them.

    They sounded quite “geriatric” and they younger than me.

  5. Technician

    They have got to be kidding me.In this day and age of technology, how can blogs pose any problem to mainsteam media when the same media uses the blogs for information.
    Tell me then ….if the internet is going to cause them to lose revenue….how is Hants able to listen to Brass Tacks 🙂

  6. Heaven

    Yesterday,here in Canada, I watched a video of a Highway accident taken by a lady in a car in an adjacent lane.Nobody cares that she is not a “journalist.
    ———————————————-
    I saw that video on Fox News.The US media routinely asks people to send in their videos of any events which they have witnessed.The media in Barbados are too afraid of victimisation to do their jobs.That’s why so many leave the profession and become PR for companies.

  7. Technician

    They should all be glad we dont have Sirius Satellite Radio capabilities here.

  8. Funny thing is, the U.S is going through the same debate RE blogs and the future of the news media here. Don’t worry, the media in the U.S has become increasing complacent. They were complicit and reported the U.S gov’t line and helped the gov’t promote the war in Iraq. If not for the blogs here in the U.S so many things would go unreported, or under-reported.
    Oh well…

  9. Hants

    Mainstream Media in Barbados used to be able to edit or refuse our “letters to the Editor”.

    Now we can basically say what we like on this blog as long as we follow the very liberal rules of BFP.

    Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing.

  10. The Truth

    Evolution can be difficult and painful but inevitable.

  11. I really can’t understand why you all are so surprised, don’t you realise even Heat Magazine has moved away from the blogs now? I told you the Nation, ergo – parent of Starcom, has a blatant and blanket policy to in no way OFFICIALLY recognise the blogs.

    This despite my Strathclyde series in Bajan Reporter was clandestinely picked up on by the Nation just before elections to look at the Emmerton relocation and Atherley’s way of (not) handling it!

    Plus – I used to get BGIS notices, once I am not opinionated over the content – but if I editorialise in any way, BLAM, they stop for weeks!

  12. Straight talk

    REAL WORLD JOURNALISTS

    Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.

    Seek Truth and Report It
    Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

    Journalists should:

    — Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
    — Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.
    — Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.
    — Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.
    — Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
    — Never distort the content of news photos or video. Image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible.

    Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story
    — Never plagiarize.
    — Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
    — Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
    — Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
    — Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
    — Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
    — Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
    — Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
    — Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.

    Minimize Harm
    Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

    Journalists should:

    — Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
    — Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
    — Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
    — Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
    — Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
    — Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
    — Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
    — Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.

    Act Independently
    Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

    Journalists should:

    —Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
    — Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
    — Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
    — Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
    — Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
    — Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
    — Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

    Be Accountable
    Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

    Journalists should:

    — Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
    — Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
    — Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
    — Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
    — Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

    Waiting for your endorsements Ells, Singh, Cox et al.

  13. Tony Hall

    The panel on today’s Brass Tacks was pathetic. I rocked back in my chair when I heard David Ellis say that he is not going to discuss the blogs anymore. Is he out of his mind? The blogs are here to stay. If he and Ricky Singh would open up their minds they would realise that the blogs compliment the work of investigative journalism, but again they wouldn’t know about that.

  14. Very moving and uplifting, the idealist’s world. Sigh…

    What about the unfortunate realities of newspaper life?

    “Keep you editor and his or her bosses happy by catering to their biases and keeping clear of controversial issues that will undermine your future if not get you fired.”

    Regrettably the first rule of journalism is- Keep Your Job.

  15. iWatchya

    The Media is run by money, i.e. who pays the most gets the nod.

    Ethics seems to be a thing of the past when media houses depend on the advertising dollar to keep them in the black.

    Another problem is the constant threat of libel laws that powerful people use to keep the media and regular individuals from actually disseminating real stories to the public.

    Political favors and threats also keep the editors in line with the party propaganda machine. Ever heard about certain people getting abusive phone calls from top officials regarding an article that they did not like?

    Remember who on the call-in programs are getting cushy GOB jobs? Are they really as nonpartisan as they purport to be?

  16. samizdat

    I have sympathy for the average “vulnerable” (ie expendable)journalist who fears for his/her job if he/she writes the wrong thing.

    But what about a celebrity commentator like Richard “Lowdown” Hoad – a writer so enormously popular (not to mention talented) that no editor would dare to sack him?

    It’s often struck me that Lowdown is ideally placed to address some of the censored topics we find here on BFP.

    I wouldn’t want him to give up the social comedy, the bawdy jokes. But I’d respect him a lot more if, at least occasionally, he’d use his prestige and popularity to speak serious, hard truth to power.

    But I’ve never seen him do it, not once.

  17. Rumplestilskin

    I watchya, I think that in most cases the issue is more of connections and offended the ‘wrong’ person, thus possibly affecting one’s job favourability than libel laws.

    Such issues as this blog addressed in the last eleciton referred more to national policy issues than issues that could be considered libellous.

    Much issues can be framed in such as way as to legitimately question matters without being libellous.

    Samizdat, I disagree on Lowdown. He does address issues of national concern such as national priorities on agricultural land, material goods and lifestyle priorities, use of energy and education.

    He puts it many times in tongue-in-cheek or in irony but nevertheless does address these issues.

    maybe your point refers to putting things simply for the ‘layman’ who may not read into these things?

    In general terms about blogs, only last week one of the international websites such as CNN or NBC referred to the powerful impact that blogs have had in European politics.

    Blogs are part of the new communication and cannot be stopped, unless one is willing to be part of an oppressive political system that limits and censors blogs.

    Blogs are the new ‘block corner’ for the wider community to gather and exchange ideas.

    This is precisely what made the political strategists, aside from the DLP, although even them maybe somewhat, underestimate the power of blogs in the last election.

    The blogs do represent much of everyday thinking and thus should always be considered and indeed welcomed.

    A political party should be open to odeas from the citizens and thus listen and try to understand.

    Any person who seeks to represent is thus not suitable if they are unwilling to listen and appreciate the advice and requests that are made.

    While some adive may be over the top in some cases, much is very valid and necessary.

    Peace.

  18. Bush Tea

    Samizdat

    You have to be joking about Lowdown.

    …otherwise you are saying a lot about your inability to understand.
    Lowdown is often more hard-hitting than many bloggers.

  19. John

    … before there were blogs there was Lowdown!!

  20. iWatchya

    Rumplestilskin: Another good point.

  21. Sargeant

    Unfortunately I didn’t hear Brass Tacks yesterday but Carl Moore is correct when he states that journalism has been floundering. However I disagree with the criticism of the blogs as being full of gossip, perhaps they were speaking about “Flying Fish and Cou-Cou” or “Pudding & Souse”! The blogs are the modern day street light/street corner where people gathered to discuss the political and social events of the day.
    Journalists don’t have to go far to get stories which merit more than statements from the principals. Some issues come to mind:

    The local Price Mart was fined $3000.00 for overcharging customers on chicken wings; I didn’t read one article which questioned whether the fine was adequate, how many pounds of chicken wings did they sell? What was their profit on these items? This may be proprietary information but someone should ask these questions because the fine was woefully inadequate.

    The Health Minister has announced that $150 million will be spent on the QEH. Is this good strategy or a quick fix? What will this cover? Will this address the issues that bedevil the hospital? Should the gov’t be looking to construct a new hospital so they don’t have to spend this money all over again?

    The DLP campaigned on a land use policy; does this policy include the beaches? Someone should ask what this policy will encompass given the recurrent issue of “Windows to the Sea” I heard a politician mention a hotel in Oistins (if you go to Miami Beach look out).

    Has there been any examination of the cost of living issue? The articles seem to regurgitate the statements the politicians make without an overall examination of the facts. Sure there may be price gouging but Barbados is a member of the world community and is not immune to economic downturns. I continue to hear reports of unrest in other areas of the world about food prices and food shortages. Recently there was an article in the Globe & Mail which covered Food inflation and among other things it said that the price of the world’s three major grains has doubled in the past three years. Today I heard a report on the radio that the price of imported rice into Canada had increased by 60% this year and the distributors will be raising the retail price shortly. How long can gov’t subsidies last? Can the B’dos gov’t afford to continue to subsidise food items without raising taxes? And we know that Bajans love to pay taxes.

    Lastly, Barbadians are proud of their image but do the newspapers have to print verbatim the statements that accused persons make in court? I have read many news papers and have yet to see this reporting elsewhere. I know that most people before the courts for some offences tend to be poorly educated but do we have to expose our underbelly in this manner? I guess we should be grateful that the internet editions don’t carry the court docket.

  22. Adrian

    I think Carl Moore made a brief appearance on BFP. If memory serves me correctly he was as condescending then as he is reported in the nation news to have been on the Sunday brass-tacks. I think he did not like the fact that he was made to look silly by me. Anyway i don’t listen to the call in program anymore, as i got tired of the intolerance David Ellis and others. From reports it doesn’t seem like i have missed anything.

  23. Sam Gamgee

    Sargeant, I can see that you would do a great service to this country if you had info available to you. I love the questions. I would like to know too. You may note here that nobody will try to answer them.
    I don’t believe we have journalists in B’dos but I do know that we have reporters since I have never read a story in the Bajan papers that did not leave me asking questions. Oh well. BTW, I get free reads, can’t afford the papers.
    I don’t know about you guys but society is a mirror of ourselves. We like to hide our business while we mind other people’s. We are not a very open people, we hide things. Maybe that is the stiff upper lips we inherited from our past masters. Since we are so cagey with our stuff, journalism was destined to wither.
    Ask BFP how hard it seems to be for the gov’t to get its pledge for transparency to be more than just a pledge. Barbados is a really funny place for sure. Who knows though; hope springs eternal.

  24. Sam Gamgee

    Maybe that is the stiff upper lip we inherited from our past masters.

  25. eureka

    I think it’s all about ‘confidence’. Just like money, if there is no confidence, there is no backing and everything just falls apart and devaluation will be the order of the day.

    There were occasions where events took place and were observed by rank and file persons in the society and lo and behold when these events were reported in the mainstream media, the people who saw what took place could not believe what they were hearing broadcast; it was as though there were two completely different events.

    I feel some sympathy to the MSM because as David Ellis and his other guests pointed out, the factor of libel is constantly being held over the head of the MSM like the sword of Damocles. Naturally, they have to safeguard their operations in order to be able to stay in business.

    It all comes down to the political directorate and the structure that has been put in place to govern the conduct of such institutions. The way I see it, the MSM will never be free to publish the ‘real facts’ of certain incidents; especially those that involve the upper echelons of the society.

    Mr Ellis and his group referred to it as ‘rumour’; but I want to say something to them about what they would call facts or ‘truth’. If you analyze the word ‘truth’, you will find that it has differing degrees of meaning.

    That is to say that one issue can be truer than another issue and so on. And the issue that has the highest portion of the truth would be the truest of the bunch. Consequently, even truth is relative and not confined to a static condition. Also, rumour in many cases, carry a portion of truth.

    And if we want to get technical, we just need to revisit the story of the three blind hindus who were brought to an elephant and asked to describe the elephant. One said, it was like a tree, the other said a rope and the other a wall. I don’t think that Mr Ellis could correctly say that either of these three men were spreading rumours.

    At the end of the day, we each see our own truths whether we like to admit it or not. I think the key to the puzzle is that the authorities do not wish the rank and file members of the society to differ in opinion from them; at least publicly. It all boils down to asserting control and influence over the masses way of thinking and by extension their loyalty.

    When the truth is revealed it cannot be

  26. samizdat

    “Samizdat, I disagree on Lowdown. He does address issues of national concern such as national priorities on agricultural land, material goods and lifestyle priorities, use of energy and education”

    Yes, granted. But these are general issues, much debated in our society.

    I’m talking specifically about the censored stuff that only BU, BFP and other blogs discuss.

    Has Hoad openly called for transparency and integrity legislation? Or asked penetrating questions about the Greenland Dump, the ABC construction project, the Chief Justice, etc etc? If so, I missed those articles.

    And Bush Tea: sure, Hoad is witty, a terrific writer, a great social commentator. But hard-hitting? Well, I respect your opinion. Though it seems to me you have a very soft idea of what hard-hitting means…

  27. BIRDPICKMANGO

    I am left to wonder what yardstick was used by many of the previous bloggers to measure the performance of the press in Barbados. If we use the mainstream American press, we may just observe many different perspectives depending on who you listen to. Recently, a renowned Cable company took 3 sound bites from the 1000 of sermons of Rev Wright and repeated them over and over again, without giving 1 sound bite of the other side.
    It is regrettable that we have become a nation of critics that seem unwilling to acknowledge any of the things we should be proud of. We have had other versions of the Blogging before. To suggest that the internet is reducing the shelf life of media alone is to ignore the death of Travel Agents, libraries, retail stores, to name a few. Is Barbados perfect? No. When compared with many of the developed countries we certainly hold our own. Can someone tell me that last time when Barbadians awoke and did not find all the products of media ( printed, radio, etc) available. Two of our Prime Ministers died in office and the country never missed a beat. Need I say more. It is definitely not the cesspool that some would want us to believe that it is. Let us criticize. However, also let us have some balance.

  28. Insider..........

    Careful Bird, positive comments like that will get you banned on this blog

  29. Lockup

    I don’t consider what I see on blogs as the gospel.

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  31. Centipede

    Not only is the internet making local ‘journalists’ look like toy soldiers… it’s also making shopping for goods a cinch. I wrote a ‘letter to the editor’ at Nation News on this subject – it had nothing libelous in it – but it was never published.

    Bajans want to buy a particular item — a hardware item, a vitamin supplement, a musical instrument, a this or a that – – they visit a local store – – and get told “we don’t carry that brand.”

    One time that would have been the end of the road but not now… praise be for the Internet! It’s actually EASIER to shop on the www with one click and have the stuff delivered to your door (by Platinum Express Couriers – call 429-3229 and sign up) – than to have to look for a parking space and all that and perhaps end up having to buy something you really didn’t want…..

    And to Technician who wrote on April 6, 2008 at 7:23 pm “They should all be glad we dont have Sirius Satellite Radio capabilities here” … stay tuned Sir, it’s only a stone’s throw away……

  32. Gilly

    The power of the internet means that any average Joe has a mouthpiece to the world. A blog is that mouthpiece and everyone with a computer has the power to be heard however…any journalist can have a blog but not all bloggers are journalists.

    I’ve been reading your blogs for the last few months and the irony of this entry finally amused me enough to become a contributor. You accuse the mainstream media in Barbados as lacking impartiality and question the integrity of information in print media (particularly the Nation it seems). In this (and other) entry you question their journalism thereby implying that you are a better journalist.

    Fact is (here comes the ironic part) your blog is not journalism, at best it is opinion. True journalism reports facts, offers counterpoints, tempers reporting on contentious issues with professionalism and respect for dissenting opinion, attempts to balance discussions and minimizes bias. I did not hear David Ellis et. al so I don’t know the context of his “not talking about blogs anymore” but I have an opinion about blogs. In the mainstream media, information gets edited (good or bad) before it hits the printer. In a blog, any nut job with a computer (respectfully not implying that you are) can print irresponsible information that can get construed as the truth. Hey, it’s on the internet so it must be true right?

    Day after day you post various unsubstantiated articles, biased opinion and rumour under the guise of journalism. E.g. only a tabloid would post articles with captions “I are an idiot” on the forehead of certain political appointees (it was funny though). Another example. This blog castigates the previous government on issues high and low. One example is the cost of living. The current government rode “high cost of living horse” all the way to victory implying that they (unlike the incumbent administration) had the answer to the high cost of living problems faced by Barbadians. A responsible journalist would report that high cost of living is a global phenomenon driven by the increased prices of oil and gas. Truth is (B or D) the government cannot sustain subsidizing cost of living increases without exploding the fiscal deficit. Truth is the DLP now reflects what the BLP government looked like 14 years ago. A friend who was well connected to the DLP at that time told me he had to curb his spending since the favours he was getting from the administration were going to cease once the BLP took power. Truth is they are very much alike; what I resent is the hypocrisy of one party suggesting that they are so much better than the other. What I resent is them talking to me like I am too stupid to differentiate between a global phenomenon and a political carrot. You talk about starting a new political party but you will soon realize that if you stick to your idealistic and simplistic view of politics that you will never win an election.

    Anyhow I digress. Feel free to post your OPINIONS to your blog – hey I enjoy reading it – but stop professing it as true journalism because it is not. Hey, you want to see irony? Let me see if this makes it to print in its entirety on your blog.

    Thanks in advance for the opportunity for me to voice my OPINION (I too am not a journalist).

    ************

    BFP says,

    Hi Gilly,

    Great to see you stopping by and taking the time to share your views with everyone. Yup, we’re not journalists and we sure know it.

    And, we’re just as sure that the so-called professional media of Barbados couldn’t cut it as journalists in a market where they weren’t the only game in town. When we think of the stories they have ignored for political expediency it just makes you sick.

    WE have an agenda that we admit to: we want to change the laws thus better this society. We demand ITAL – integrity, transparency, accountability legislation – and we’re not going to quit until we get it.

    THEY (being the Barbados media) have an agenda of making money and if they have to dump a story to do it, they will… even when it is about one of their own being beaten by police.

    What happened to the reporters who were manhandled by police? What happened to the journalist who was charged criminally?

    Just another one of those stories that the media allows to go away so as not to upset their government massas.

  33. Hants

    Gilly says “Day after day you post various unsubstantiated articles, biased opinion and rumour under the guise of journalism.

    I have always understood this blog to be a forum for discussion with a focus on exposing corruption in the previous Government and pressuring the present Government into passing ITAL.

    I have been on this blog from the beginning and there are many instances where stories that I had doubts about turned out to be the truth.

    The issue of the Attorney General becoming the Chief Justice is worthy of debate and the question has to be asked.
    Was he the only and best choice and on what grounds?

    Topics like this were sidestepped by so called mainstream journalist because they were “afraid”.

    Let us not confuse BFP with mainstream journalism. BFP is an Internet based citizen’s “free” forum for open discussion without the constraints of libel law.

    We should use our own judgement and search for truth when necessary.

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    BFP Says,

    Well said, Hants. Each of us should be cautious at everything we read, see and hear whether on blogs, in the pages of the Nation News, or on the television. Everywhere.

    And often what is missing tells the story too!

    Remember how the Nation wouldn’t cover the story of the VECO FBI investigation or the charges against the President of flyover builder 3S for weeks and weeks until the blogs shamed them into it?

    No one in the media has ever answered for that. Perhaps on the next Brasstacks, Mr. Ellis can have all those gentlemen back and they can each tell us why their organisations did not cover those stories!

  34. Insider..........

    Hants the sycophant……..

    Hey this is a blog I can say anything right?

  35. Insider..........

    Hants why should only Blogs be free of libel law?

    Explain to me please.

    Now is it blogs or the internet that you think should be free of this law? please clarify.

    If the internet can be free of the law, can the internet telegraph or the internet nation be free of this law? The telegraph has their own blog, should this be free of libel law? what is your view?

    Its all very well you wish to claim freedom from libel law on this blog but you need to explain why this luxury does not extend further?

    Perhaps BFP could explain.

  36. Insider..........

    am i permanently on moderation? how pathetic

  37. Hants

    Insider says “Hants why should only Blogs be free of libel law?”

    I refuse to answer that on the the grounds that this is a blog and I can say or not say what I like and answer questions if when and how I like.

    At the moment we are “free” to say what we like on the Internet,blogs without the constraints of libel law.

    Enjoy the “FREEdom”.

  38. Insider..........

    release me, BFP

  39. Going Listed here

    I’m a retired clinical psychologist and now conflict expert…I enjoy very much getting involved in other people’s conflicts and give tools and ideas to solve them.
    Conflicts are great to foster our self-growth! so, if you
    haven’t thought about it before, I’m inviting you to go out and get
    yourself a good enemy. Then, you can get to know yourself, what are your goals in life, your values and how to
    manage real anger in a productive way. What else can you wish for?
    Appreciate your enemy today, for teaching you so
    many things…. And, if you manage to solve the dispute and reconcile, its time to find another enemy!